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

To have been caretaking and managing the complicated medical issues, to be with Teddy every second, was just draining.
Life After Teddy Lloyd Grove December 9, 2009

And the caretaking is all part of the “going for a broken person” and trying to fix them.
Dr. Drew on ‘Friends With Benefits’ Marlow Stern July 20, 2011

Historical Examples

The Convention was composed of the most orderly, caretaking and reputable of men, and the author of the draught was one of them.
The Mystery of the Pinckney Draught Charles C. Nott

They left the woman to lock up the house and return to her caretaking, and started off up the street.
Mrs. Vanderstein’s jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce

So the gray-headed and caretaking warriors declared that the ship was exceedingly well provided.
Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard

Out of the earnings I have withheld my wages as a workman in the mine last winter, and a moderate charge for caretaking since.
The Helpers Francis Lynde

It was a caretaking like the sudden stilling of the tempest that came to the little household.
The Wizard’s Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham

They respond well to all caretaking, to liberal fertilizing and watering, just as they dwindle miserably with neglect.
Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle

Best of all, she would regather during the hour not a little strength to be used later in the caretaking of her children.
Farm Boys and Girls William Arch McKeever

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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