verb \ˈbā-bē-ˌsit\

: to take care of a child while the child's parents are away


Full Definition of BABYSIT

intransitive verb
:  to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents; broadly :  to give care <babysit for a neighbor's pets>
transitive verb
:  to babysit for; broadly :  tend <babysit house plants>
ba·by·sit·ter noun

Examples of BABYSIT

  1. She babysits their kids on Saturday nights.

Origin of BABYSIT

back-formation from babysitter
First Known Use: 1944


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