day care

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supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.



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Origin of day care

First recorded in 1940–45

Definition for day care (2 of 2)

[ dey-kair ]
/ ˈdeɪˌkɛər /


of, relating to, or providing day care: day-care center; day-care program.

Origin of day-care

First recorded in 1960–65
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How to use day care in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for day care

/ (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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