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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Mary always put others first, staying at home to raise her children and babysit for their grandchildren., "Mary Wall," 12 July 2019 While Erica babysits Steve and Robin, Dustin goes looking for a ride out of there. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 Police aren't sure whether the voice on the audio recording is the same person who answered Margaret's newspaper ad and purportedly wanted to hire her to babysit his son, authorities said. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Do you recognize the voice of a man connected with a possible 1974 kidnapping? The FBI wants to know," 25 June 2019 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

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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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