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day care

[ dey-kair ]
/ ˈdeɪ ˌkɛər /
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noun
supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home: Finding quality day care that we can afford has been challenging.
adjective day·care or day-care .
of, relating to, or providing day care: daycare center;day-care program.
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Origin of day care

First recorded in 1895–1900 for noun, and 1940–45 for adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for day care

daycare
/ (ˈdeɪˌkɛə) /

noun social welfare
British occupation, treatment, or supervision during the working day for people who might be at risk if left on their own, or whose usual carers need daytime relief
British welfare services provided by a local authority, health service, or voluntary body during the dayCompare residential care
NZ short for daycare centre
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