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"caretaker" in British English

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caretakernoun [C]

uk   /ˈkeəˌteɪ.kər/  us   /ˈkerˌteɪ.kɚ/
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"caretaker" in American English

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caretakernoun [C]

 us   /ˈkeərˌteɪ·kər/
a ​personemployed to take ​care of a ​largebuilding or ​property, doing ​cleaning, ​repairs, ​gardening, or other ​jobs: The building’s caretaker ​reported the ​fire.
A caretaker ​government is one that is in ​power for a ​shortperiod of ​time until a new one is ​chosen.
A caretaker is also a ​caregiver.
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caretakernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkeəˌteɪkər/ (US Scottish also janitor, US also custodian)
a ​person who is ​employed to take ​care of a large ​building, such as a school or ​officebuilding, and to ​deal with the cleaning, ​repairs, etc.: He lived on the ​groundfloor of the ​apartmentblock, where he ​worked as a caretaker. a building/school/church caretaker

caretakeradjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkeəˌteɪkər/
relating to a ​person or a ​group of ​people who is doing a ​job until someone can be ​found to do it permanently: a caretaker ​boss/​manager a caretaker ​government/​president/​primeminister
(Definition of caretaker from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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