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baby-sit

or ba·by·sit

[bey-bee-sit]
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verb (used without object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.
  1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
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verb (used with object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.
  1. to baby-sit for (a child): We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
  2. to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
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Origin of baby-sit

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formsba·by-sit·ter, ba·by·sit·ter, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for baby-sitter

baby-sitter

noun
  1. a person who takes care of a child or children while the parents are out
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baby-sit

verb -sits, -sitting or -sat
  1. (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
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Derived Formsbaby-sitting, noun, adjective
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