Definition of caretaker in English:

caretaker

noun

  • 1A person employed to look after a building:

    ‘he works as a college caretaker’
    • ‘Firefighters rescued a mill caretaker after an arson attack left him trapped inside the building.’
    • ‘About 8pm the caretaker of the building found the whole of the fourth floor two inches deep under water.’
    • ‘He said a caretaker would be employed to ‘open and shut,’ the gates.’
    • ‘‘The first phase was to ring the transport manager, the rest centre manager and the caretaker of the building,’ says Pam.’
    • ‘I sympathise with the council because I know it will cost money to employ a caretaker but something has got to be done.’
    • ‘On a typical day Ann arrives at school at least half an hour before the youngsters and stays - like her colleagues - until the caretaker locks the building at 5.30 pm.’
    • ‘A magnificent job is being done by the caretakers and green keeper.’
    • ‘He found the land, hired the caretaker and supervised the building of my house.’
    • ‘When the caretaker arrived early last Friday morning he found the building flooded, a TV smashed, a microwave and fridge broken.’
    • ‘They said the files were left by mistake, but said they were safe because they were in a secure building with instructions for the caretaker to contact them if they left anything behind.’
    • ‘It is known that the victim lived in Royal Mile Mansions, where police believe he was caretaker of the building.’
    • ‘In addition, when we have permission from the local authorities, we are hoping to build an adjoining building for the caretaker, with a room added for the Sunday school.’
    • ‘Khintu is the daughter of the caretaker of our building.’
    • ‘In such cases, the parent-teacher associations should arrange a watchman or a caretaker to look after the children till their parents come to fetch them in the evening.’
    • ‘At Bethlehem College Preschool, caretakers live on the property and are thought to deter foot-traffic.’
    • ‘Joe Maguire who worked at the County Council in a number of capacities, most recently acted as caretaker for the building.’
    • ‘The baby is then placed in the custody of caretakers assigned to the Adoption Unit until he/she is adopted.’
    • ‘Back then the building included a little flat for a caretaker, who kept the toilets clean and provided plenty of hot water for ‘mothers' needs’.’
    • ‘He said once the project is completed the voluntary housing committee intends employing a full-time caretaker for the houses.’
    • ‘Some members feel that if a caretaker was employed at the Community Centre, the problem of dumping household rubbish would not arise.’
    janitor, warden, attendant, porter, custodian, keeper, watchman, steward, curator, concierge
    superintendent
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1[as modifier] Holding power temporarily:
      ‘the club's caretaker manager’
      • ‘St Mirren caretaker manager John Coughlin was mightily relieved that Ricky Gillies was deemed fit to play.’
      • ‘The Guardian spoke to the Jenny Lind's caretaker manager, Dudley Cooke.’
      • ‘Agostinho Oliveira will bring the curtain down on his role as caretaker manager in Braga this week.’
      • ‘That left caretaker manager Carl Serrant, and his team, chasing the game right from the start.’
      • ‘Mercer became general manager of Coventry in 1972 and was caretaker manager of England for seven games.’
      • ‘Hampton have deliberated on the successor to caretaker manager Brian Cottington for three weeks.’
      • ‘‘Sometimes substitutions work, sometimes they don't,’ said caretaker manager Chisholm.’
      • ‘Assistant boss Brian Cottington has been appointed caretaker manager.’
      • ‘The veteran striker - he is 37 in a fortnight - has been acting as assistant to caretaker manager Kevin Keen.’
      • ‘With close friend Viv Busby still caretaker manager of the Minstermen, Crosby did not comment on the possibility of a return to York.’
      • ‘But there is still no news on his future as caretaker manager.’
      • ‘And caretaker manager Viv Busby recognises the value of a tight back line especially against the likes of Conference play-off hopefuls Aldershot Town.’
      • ‘Prior to Connor's arrival, successful Youth team coach Mickey Feeney had acted as caretaker manager.’
      • ‘He stayed in football, managing several clubs in the Western League, and was caretaker manager at Exeter for a short while.’
      • ‘A new Prime Minister, Hans Modrow, headed a caretaker government that shared power with the new, democratically oriented parties.’
      • ‘Kharine made two appearances under Barnes before Kenny Dalglish immediately used him in his first four games as caretaker manager.’
      • ‘She asked the government to accept public demands that it scrap the law and hand power over to a caretaker government.’
      • ‘Livingston, meanwhile, are making a case for caretaker manager David Hay to be appointed on a permanent basis.’
      • ‘Trevor Brooking was appointed caretaker manager of West Ham as Glenn Roeder recovered in hospital.’
      • ‘A year ago he moved as a player/coach to Southport where Hesketh was caretaker manager.’
      temporary, short-term, provisional, substitute, acting, interim, pro tem, stand-in, fill-in, supply, stopgap, reserve, deputy
      transitional, changeover
      emergency, impromptu, rough and ready
      pro tempore, ad interim
      pinch-hitting
      expediential
      View synonyms
  • 2North American A person employed to look after people or animals:

    ‘two lions escaped from their cage and killed their caretaker’
    • ‘Taylor turned around to see Rowel, the oldest animal caretaker.’
    • ‘The animal's caretakers are still unable to identify the gender because the mother zebra's protective instincts prevents close inspection.’
    • ‘In turn, animal-welfare professionals will hold individual caretakers accountable.’
    • ‘The program features the story of a baby animal, and the struggles of the parents and caretaker in the months following conception.’
    • ‘Cat caretakers will assist in keeping the cat area clean and safe at all times.’
    • ‘These include employees with job titles such as animal caretaker, auto mechanic, custodian, baker and tree trimmer.’
    • ‘The caretaker is responsible for all expenses, such as food and shelter, while the animal is under their charge.’
    • ‘In addition, staff can help caretakers select an animal that is compatible with their environment and resources.’
    • ‘Her father was the animal caretaker, and she assisted with the horses.’
    • ‘This could actually be the result of incompatibility between behaviors typical of an animal breed and a caretaker's behavior or environment.’

Pronunciation:

caretaker

/ˈkɛːteɪkə/