- 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 babysitter
Shooting a man for texting his babysitter from a movie theater.Florida’s Zombie Apocalypse Gun Bill
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I'll have fun being an aunt, or a parents' friend, or an occasional babysitter on my friends' date nights.
We have a dog son and we can at least leave him at home all day and not worry about a babysitter.
Last year Berry accused Aubry in court of attacking the babysitter who held Nahla in her arms during a visitation pickup.Halle Berry’s Custody Fight Gets Physical
November 29, 2012
Don took the kids to California, with his assistant Megan acting as babysitter.‘Mad Men’ Premiere: Before Season 5, Let's Remember Season 4
March 22, 2012
I changed clothes to a suit from slacks, and went to the house of my babysitter.
It was now after school or this babysitter would not have been there, which brings us to 3:30 perhaps.
- (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
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Word Origin and History for babysitter
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