- to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
- to baby-sit for (a child): We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
- to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
Origin of baby-sit
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for babysat
In 1983, Romney was a ward bishop, and the mother, Peggie Hayes, was a 23-year-old single mom who babysat for his kids.Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business?
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I was lucky the folk singer Judy Collins babysat for me and instilled in me an early passion for music."The Gift of Cancer"
February 22, 2010
But calling your sister-in-law, who babysat seven of your kids all day, and complaining?Kate Gosselin's Top 10 Angry Moments
The Daily Beast Video
June 7, 2009
- (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
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