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caretaker - a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
Is there any difference between a caretaker and a guardian. I have to say I'm a bit surprised by the dictionary definition of caretaker. To my knowledge, a caretaker is like a temporary guardian. I could be wrong.
Please advise. Thanks!
A caretaker simply provides "care." I think of a caretaker far more for property than a person. Interestingly, a "caregiver" is almost the same word, but used for people. A babysitter, a nanny, or a doctor are all caregivers.
A group of children were taken away and are currently at a shelter with caretakers/caregivers.
I was just remarking to my coworker that it's funny that caretaker and caregiver sound like they should be opposites, but they are not!
Grammar GeekTemporary guardians, or caretakers - it does work with children in this context.I think of a caretaker as a vocation and a guardian as a responsibility.
Personally I'd never use caretaker for a child under some sort of protection order.
Anonymous:I wonder, then, what we would call the person who receives the care. She is taking it from someone who gives it, but is not a "caretaker." Interesting definition puzzle!
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