babysit

verb ba·by·sit \ ˈbā-bē-ˌsit \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018
babysat play \-ˌsat\; babysitting
: to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents; broadly : to give care
  • babysit for a neighbor's pets
: to babysit for
  • She babysits her grandchildren.
; broadly : mind, tend
  • babysit house plants
  • police babysitting a witness

babysitter

noun

Examples of babysit in a Sentence

  1. She babysits their kids on Saturday nights.

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Origin and Etymology of babysit

back-formation from babysitter

BABYSIT Defined for English Language Learners

babysit

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


BABYSIT Defined for Kids

babysit

verb ba·by·sit \ ˈbā-bē-ˌsit \
babysat \-ˌsat\; babysitting
: to care for a child while the child's parents are away

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