- 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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- a person who takes care of a child or children while the parents are out
- (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
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