Care-taking



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.
Contemporary Examples

The most moving material in Bomb feels like a rehash: care-taking the father, painfully recalling his suicidal, addict mother.
Why Some Memoirs Are Better As Fiction Taylor Antrim January 18, 2010

Historical Examples

Mature in thought and care-taking beyond her years, she was still fond of out-door sports and merry times.
Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton

Barbara was silent, and felt the shy, care-taking glance of her maid.
John March, Southerner George W. Cable

She ignored the care-taking phrase as if she had not heard it.
The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde

One of the best features of agricultural life consists in the great amount of care-taking which it imposes upon its followers.
Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

Lindora did not count the interest on the purchase-money, or the taxes, or the repairs, or the winter care-taking.
Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells

He ate of Mother Allen’s chicken-broth and of toast from Mattie’s care-taking hand, and gradually assumed color and heart.
Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland

With a woman’s care-taking instinct, she began to gather together the dishes on the table and prepare them for washing.
A Tar-Heel Baron Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

A care-taking hand caused order and refinement to reign everywhere.
Fromont and Risler, Complete Alphonse Daudet

Sudden and brilliant ideas came more seldom to Miss Bibby than to the children she was “care-taking.”
In the Mist of the Mountains Ethel Turner

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

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  • Caretaker

    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. Contemporary Examples Papademos was appointed […]

  • Careworn

    showing signs of care or worry; fatigued by trouble or anxiety; haggard: a careworn old woman. Historical Examples His countenance was careworn; and when he commenced his exordium, his voice was slightly cracked and tremulous. Patrick Henry Moses Coit Tyler His clothes were travel stained, and he appeared haggard and careworn. Continental Monthly, Vol. III, […]



  • Cares

    a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern: He was never free from care. a cause or object of worry, anxiety, concern, etc.: Their son has always been a great care to them. serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution: She devotes great care to her work. protection; charge: He is under […]

  • Careen

    (of a vehicle) to lean, sway, or tip to one side while in motion: The car careened around the corner. (of a ship) to heel over or list. career (def 7). South Midland U.S. to lean or bend away from the vertical position: The barn was careening a little. to cause (a ship) to lie […]



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