Definition of caretaker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkerˌtākər/


1A person employed to look after a public building or a house in the owner’s absence.
Example sentences
  • On a typical day Ann arrives at school at least half an hour before the youngsters and stays - like her colleagues - until the caretaker locks the building at 5.30 pm.
  • In addition, when we have permission from the local authorities, we are hoping to build an adjoining building for the caretaker, with a room added for the Sunday school.
  • Khintu is the daughter of the caretaker of our building.
janitor, custodian, superintendent, maintenance man/woman;
concierge, attendant, porter
informal super
1.1 [as modifier] Holding power temporarily: his was a caretaker regime
More example sentences
  • He stayed in football, managing several clubs in the Western League, and was caretaker manager at Exeter for a short while.
  • ‘Sometimes substitutions work, sometimes they don't,’ said caretaker manager Chisholm.
  • But there is still no news on his future as caretaker manager.
2chiefly North American A person employed to look after people or animals.
Example sentences
  • In addition, staff can help caretakers select an animal that is compatible with their environment and resources.
  • This could actually be the result of incompatibility between behaviors typical of an animal breed and a caretaker's behavior or environment.
  • Her father was the animal caretaker, and she assisted with the horses.



Example sentences
  • Seniors Dave and Sumana retired from life in the fast lane to caretake a 40-acre resort property located outside of the city of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Apparently, the graveyard was owned at some stage by Laois Co. Council who paid old Mr. Deegan a pittance to caretake it.
  • Another aspect of the end-of-the-summer ‘re-entry’ concerns the nature of caretaking in a camp environment.

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Syllabification: care·tak·er

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