Care-taker



a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
British. a janitor.
a person who takes care of another.
involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office:
a caretaker government.
Historical Examples

Hiel considered himself as the provisional owner and care-taker of the town of Poganuc.
Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe

The care-taker and his wife declared they would live there no longer.
A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And the usually timid country girl entered into her new rôle of care-taker with extraordinary zest.
A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

They only had the care-taker and her husband and these men on the place.
Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White

Tim Brady, the care-taker, would bring him food at stated intervals.
Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White

When they went to the Cove the house would be in charge of a care-taker.
The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose

A poor little boy lived there with only the care-taker and another servant.
The Little Colonel’s Hero Annie Fellows Johnston

I suppose you are Mrs. Lankton, the care-taker,’ I said, as cheerfully as I could.
Hildegarde’s Home Laura E. Richards

The mission is guarded by a care-taker, living in the premises of what remains of the old mission orchard.
Chimes of Mission Bells Maria Antonia Field

The house was in charge of a Chaukidar (care-taker, porter or watchman) when it was vacant.
Indian Ghost Stories S. Mukerji

noun
a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner’s absence: the caretaker of a school
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interim: a caretaker government
(social welfare) a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relative See also carer
n.

also caretaker, 1858, from care (n.) + agent noun of take (v.). The back-formed verb caretake is attested by 1893.

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