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caretaker

[kair-tey-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
  2. a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
  3. British. a janitor.
  4. a person who takes care of another.
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adjective
  1. involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office: a caretaker government.
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Origin of caretaker

First recorded in 1855–60; care + taker
Related formscare·tak·ing, noun
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  • They left the woman to lock up the house and return to her caretaking, and started off up the street.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels

    Mrs. Charles Bryce

  • Out of the earnings I have withheld my wages as a workman in the mine last winter, and a moderate charge for caretaking since.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • They respond well to all caretaking, to liberal fertilizing and watering, just as they dwindle miserably with neglect.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • The Convention was composed of the most orderly, caretaking and reputable of men, and the author of the draught was one of them.

  • Best of all, she would regather during the hour not a little strength to be used later in the caretaking of her children.

    Farm Boys and Girls

    William Arch McKeever


British Dictionary definitions for caretaking

caretaker

noun
  1. a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absencethe caretaker of a school
  2. (modifier) holding office temporarily; interima caretaker government
  3. social welfare a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relativeSee also carer
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Derived Formscaretaking, noun
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