Definition of caretake in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Work as a caretaker of (a property)

    ‘they retired from their business to caretake a resort property in California’
    ‘the camp I caretake is being shuttered for the season’
    1. 1.1 Hold (a position) or manage (a business) temporarily.
      ‘following Dorothy's move, the Deputy Director will caretake the role’
      ‘I was asked if I'd caretake a $1.5 million business for the next five weeks’
      no object ‘Smith wasn't asked to do much more than caretake’
  • 2North American Look after (people or animals)

    ‘you don't need to caretake other people's feelings’
    no object ‘I've had an urge to caretake for as long as I remember’