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.

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There is the statistic that grandparents who babysit tend to live longer. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "I Couldn't Be a Mom, Without My Own Mom's Help," 10 May 2019 If your host has young children, offer to babysit or take the kids on an outing. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy,, "Don't be that guest: Lake house etiquette tips from the pros," 19 June 2018 Yes, and moved on to babysit the media team and others, but yeah. So Twitter never really had commerce? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table," 11 Oct. 2018 That’s definitely one benefit of moving — my mom will be able to babysit at night. The Cut, The Cut, "The Mom Who Went Abroad to Make a Baby," 10 May 2018 When a mother arrived to babysit at an apartment building in Spring Valley, New York, on June 30, her son refused to go inside with her. Emily Dabau, Good Housekeeping, "One Mom Left Her Young Son Tied Outside to a Bush," 1 July 2015 Helen Ramirez, who lives down the street from the Pagourtzises, used to babysit him and his younger sister. Washington Post, "Authorities in Texas say they confronted school gunman within 4 minutes," 21 May 2018 On May 23, Iana Kasian asked her mother to babysit. Marisa Gerber,, "Graphic novelist sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee," 26 June 2018 She was shocked by the conversation about closure and texted her husband, Chris, who ran to the neighbor's house to ask them to babysit before heading straight to the school. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "How Carmel parents are fighting to keep Orchard Park Elementary open in Home Place," 21 June 2018

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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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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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