or ba·by·sit


verb (used without object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

verb (used with object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

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
Related formsba·by-sit·ter, ba·by·sit·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for baby-sit

guard, tend, watch, sit

Examples from the Web for baby-sit

Contemporary Examples of baby-sit

  • She often left Caylee with her mother, who was willing to baby-sit.

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British Dictionary definitions for baby-sit


verb -sits, -sitting or -sat

(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
Derived Formsbaby-sitting, noun, adjective
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