baby-sit

or ba·by·sit

[ bey-bee-sit ]
/ ˈbeɪ biˌsɪt /

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 baby-sit for (a child): We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM baby-sit

ba·by-sit·ter, ba·by·sit·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for babysitting

baby-sit

verb -sits, -sitting or -sat

(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter

Derived forms of baby-sit

baby-sitting, noun, adjective
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