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caretaker

[ kair-tey-ker ]
/ ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər /
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noun
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.
adjective
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 + take + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM caretaker

caretaking, noun
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How to use caretaker in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for caretaker

caretaker
/ (ˈkɛəˌteɪkə) /

noun
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

Derived forms of caretaker

caretaking, noun
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