noun Date: 1801 1. one that gives physical or emotional care and support <
served as caretaker to the younger children
2. one that takes care of the house or land of an owner who may be absent 3. one temporarily fulfilling the function of office <
a caretaker government
caretake verbcaretaking noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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