to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
to take watchful responsibility for (a child):We're looking for someone to babysit the kids in the evening.
to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to babysit the machine until it is running properly.
- ba·by·sit·ter, ba·by-sit·ter, noun
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How to use babysit in a sentence
So then I went to the home of the person I normally have for a baby-sitter.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
They did not stay very long and I think that is the first time she ever left baby with baby sitter; somebody was talking care.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
This undoubtedly makes Henry Spelman the Neck's first white baby-sitter.The Stronghold | Miriam Haynie
British Dictionary definitions for baby-sit
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
- baby-sitting, noun, adjective
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