1) N-COUNT A caretaker is a person whose job it is to look after a large building such as a school or a block of flats or apartments, and deal with small repairs to it. [BRIT]
(in AM, use janitor)
2) N-COUNT A caretaker is a person whose job it is to take care of a house or property when the owner is not there.
3) ADJ: ADJ n A caretaker government or leader is in charge temporarily until a new government or leader is appointed.

The military intends to hand over power to a caretaker government and hold elections within six months.

4) N-COUNT A caretaker is someone who is responsible for looking after another person, for example, a person who is disabled, ill, or very young. [mainly AM]
(in BRIT, use carer)

English dictionary. 2008.

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