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

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 second mother was supposed to babysit all seven kids. Steve Helling,, 24 Mar. 2022 There is an in-it-together camaraderie in the neighborhood — regular pizza night with the children, offers to babysit or run an errand to the grocery store, kid-clothes hand-me-downs from Kruger for her younger kids. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 The machine makes the decision — like a parent or guardian assigned to babysit the human driver. Damon Linker, The Week, 12 Nov. 2021 Michael Che isn't rushing to babysit Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson's son anytime soon. Georgia Slater,, 9 Nov. 2021 Did the Mets hire Joey Cora simply to babysit Francisco Lindor? Joe Noga, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 Sometimes his daughter's grandparents are able to babysit for the day, but not always. Eric Levenson And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 Another text depicts a photo of former President Reagan feeding a monkey, and the caption says Reagan used to babysit former President Obama. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 Eddie must put his first-officer training second to babysit his crew. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Babysit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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