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CARETAKER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does caretaker mean? 

CARETAKER (noun)
  The noun CARETAKER has 2 senses:

1. a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
2. an official who performs the duties of an office temporarily

  Familiarity information: CARETAKER used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CARETAKER (noun)


Sense 1caretaker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("caretaker" is a kind of...):

custodian; keeper; steward (one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "caretaker"):

concierge (a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter)

sacristan; sexton (an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects)

super; superintendent (a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector)

verger (a church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and acts as an attendant (carries the verge) during ceremonies)


Sense 2caretaker [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An official who performs the duties of an office temporarily

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he acted as a caretaker until a new president could be elected

Hypernyms ("caretaker" is a kind of...):

functionary; official (a worker who holds or is invested with an office)


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