[ bey-bee-sit ]
/ ˈbeɪ biˌsɪt /
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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 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.
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Origin of babysit
First recorded in 1945–50
OTHER WORDS FROM babysitba·by·sit·ter, ba·by-sit·ter, noun
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How to use babysit in a sentence
In 1983, Romney was a ward bishop, and the mother, Peggie Hayes, was a 23-year-old single mom who babysat for his kids.Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business?|Kathryn Joyce|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was lucky the folk singer Judy Collins babysat for me and instilled in me an early passion for music."The Gift of Cancer"|Mark McKinnon|February 22, 2010|DAILY BEAST
But calling your sister-in-law, who babysat seven of your kids all day, and complaining?Kate Gosselin's Top 10 Angry Moments|The Daily Beast Video|June 7, 2009|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for babysit
verb -sits, -sitting or -sat
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
Derived forms of baby-sitbaby-sitting, noun, adjective
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