caretaker caretaker  /ˈkɛr ˌteɪ kər/


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


  1. A nonparty caretaker government doesn't suffer from the burdens of political patronage.
  2. For two days no one paid it much notice until Lin, the temple caretaker, saw something odd: a ghostly, stiffened, protruding hand.
  3. So, we want a 'caretaker'.


  1. Prosecutors: Mother and caregiver planned for week to kill autistic teen

    Alex Spourdalakis’ mother and caretaker planned for a week to kill him and then themselves, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. The women allegedly carried out the weekend slaying because they were upset about what they believed was a lack of proper medical care received by the autistic River Grove teen, prosecutors said. The mother, Dorothy Spourdalakis, is accused of stabbing her son ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  2. Boy stabbed to death with mom, caretaker nearby

    Police were investigating the stabbing death of a severely autistic 14-year-old boy whose body was found by relatives at his suburban Chicago apartment with his mother and a caretaker uninjure…
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

  3. Born to run

    Caretaker Sheila Napier rubs poultice, a clay that draws out heat and soreness from the legs, on Ilikeitrealhot, aka Clyde, following his workout Wednesday, June 5, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: This Week Delaware


  1. "We have a caretaker government now in place and I am the head of it," Ms Otunbayeva said. "It will remain in place for half a year, during which we will draft the constitution and create conditions for free and fair [presidential]...
    on Apr 7, 2010 By: Roza Otunbayeva Source: Times Online

  2. "People are leaving them off just because they can't control them," state Sen. Arnie Stuthman, who introduced the original bill, said Thursday. "They're probably in no real danger, so it's an easy way out for the caretaker."
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Arnie Stuthman Source: USA Today

  3. "I grew up a Bruin basketball fan and this is my dream job. UCLA is a special name in college basketball thanks to coach [John] Wooden and I am proud to be the caretaker of his program," Howland said.
    on Jul 1, 2008 By: Ben Howland Source: ESPN

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subordinate subordinate
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