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

First recorded in 1855–60; care + taker
Related formscare·tak·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caretaking

Contemporary Examples of caretaking

  • And the caretaking is all part of the “going for a broken person” and trying to fix them.

  • To have been caretaking and managing the complicated medical issues, to be with Teddy every second, was just draining.

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    Life After Teddy

    Lloyd Grove

    December 10, 2009

Historical Examples of caretaking

  • 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



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 Formscaretaking, noun
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