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or ba·by·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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notice, perceive, feed, nourish, vaccinate, cradle, inspect, command, do, protect, manage, watch, maintain, cultivate, keep, preserve, patrol, secure, oversee, defend

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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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Word Origin and History for babysit


also baby-sit, 1947, from baby (n.) + sit (v.); figurative use (often contemptuous) by 1968. Babysitting is from 1946.

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