ba·​by·​sit | \ ˈbā-bē-ˌsit How to pronounce babysit (audio) \
babysat\ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌsat How to pronounce babysat (audio) \; babysitting

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 She babysits her grandchildren. broadly : mind, tend babysit house plants police babysitting a witness

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Other Words from babysit

babysitter noun

Examples of babysit in a Sentence

She babysits their kids on Saturday nights.
Recent Examples on the Web The real reason not to make French onion soup (or, for another example, polenta) is the traditional method: the need to babysit a pot on the stove for three hours for fear of burning the food. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: French onion soup takes time," 6 Nov. 2019 One of the pranks involves a young woman who agreed to babysit for the night while a man across town is tasked with collecting toys that kids don’t want anymore. Lynette Rice,, "Everyone who participated on Prank Encounters had fun and got paid, says exec producer," 25 Oct. 2019 Pam and Daniel get married and have a baby — more or less by accident — and Joe soars to indie rock stardom, but still babysits their daughter, Flora. Rebecca Mccarthy, Longreads, "Climate Messaging: A Case for Negativity," 29 Sep. 2019 Chris’ parents were visiting from South Carolina and available to babysit their 6-month-old son for free. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "As wedding costs add up, millennials are having a hard time budgeting for the season," 16 July 2019 In the aftermath of the almost-shooting, all of Team Tape (sans a rightly wary Zach) band together to essentially babysit Tyler at all times. Ariana Romero,, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 Second, the nurses cannot and will not babysit your child. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Don’t bring the kids!," 5 Aug. 2019 The grandmas were booked to babysit our seven-year-old twins, as was the hotel with a giant soaking tub, and actual books were packed in our carry-on luggage. NBC News, "How spending a long weekend without our kids gave my marriage a boost," 10 July 2019 At night they’d occasionally be left alone to babysit. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of babysit

1944, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for babysit

back-formation from babysitter

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The first known use of babysit was in 1944

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18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Babysit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of babysit

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


ba·​by·​sit | \ ˈbā-bē-ˌsit How to pronounce babysit (audio) \
babysat\ -​ˌsat \; babysitting

Kids Definition of babysit

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

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