to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
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.
- ba·by·sit·ter, ba·by-sit·ter, noun
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How to use babysit in a sentence
Either way, the trip often devolves into one long babysitting nightmare.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell | Alex Suskind | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Beyond the psychological implications is the babysitting this level of fear requires.
They intercept and diffuse, to some extent babysitting the possible aggressor until the disease of violent intent has passed.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence | Sarah Kunst | April 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On that occasion, Carole was given the job of babysitting and it seems likely she will be called on again today.
Or, if you have children, you can get a babysitting bargain, since your teenager can book two clients in a single night.
Yes; with respect to Lee's conduct while she was babysitting?Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
So I have another friend which I talked into babysitting for the baby.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
When Mrs. Mimms returned from babysitting it was after midnight.The Amazing Mrs. Mimms | David C. Knight
After a modest meal, she found that she had an hour before her babysitting assignment.The Amazing Mrs. Mimms | David C. Knight
British Dictionary definitions for baby-sit
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
- baby-sitting, noun, adjective
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