- a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
- a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
- British. a janitor.
- a person who takes care of another.
- involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office: a caretaker government.
Origin of caretaker
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Examples from the Web for caretaking
And the caretaking is all part of the “going for a broken person” and trying to fix them.Dr. Drew on ‘Friends With Benefits’
July 21, 2011
To have been caretaking and managing the complicated medical issues, to be with Teddy every second, was just draining.Life After Teddy
December 10, 2009
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
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.The Mystery of the Pinckney Draught
Charles C. Nott
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
- a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absencethe caretaker of a school
- (modifier) holding office temporarily; interima caretaker government
- social welfare a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relativeSee also carer
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