or house-sit

verb (used without object), house·sat, house·sit·ting.
  1. to take care of a house or residence while the owner or occupant is temporarily away, especially by living in it.

Origin of housesit

1975–80; house + sit1, on the model of baby-sit
Related formshouse sitter, house-sit·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for house-sit


verb -sits, -sitting or -sat (intr)
  1. to live in and look after a house during the absence of its owner or owners
Derived Formshouse-sitter, noun
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