or ba·by-sit

[ bey-bee-sit ]
See synonyms for: babysitbabysatbabysittingbaby sitter on

verb (used without object),ba·by·sat, ba·by·sit·ting.
  1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

verb (used with object),ba·by·sat, ba·by·sit·ting.
  1. to take watchful responsibility for (a child): We're looking for someone to babysit the kids in the evening.

  2. to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to babysit the machine until it is running properly.

Origin of babysit

First recorded in 1945–50

Other words from babysit

  • ba·by·sit·ter, ba·by-sit·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use babysit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for baby-sit


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

Derived forms of baby-sit

  • baby-sitting, noun, adjective

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