Definition of caretaker in English:


Syllabification: care·tak·er
Pronunciation: /ˈke(ə)rˌtākər


  • 1A person employed to look after a public building or a house in the owner’s absence.
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    • 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; curator; concierge, attendant, porter
    informal super
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Holding power temporarily: his was a caretaker regime
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



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  • 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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