babysit

verb
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

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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 After all, their responsibility is to deliver a product on time and in-budget, not to babysit. Alyson Stoner, PEOPLE.com, "Alyson Stoner Pens Eye-Opening Op-Ed on 'Harrowing' Childhood Stardom: 'Revisit the Script'," 7 Apr. 2021 Malika Haqq took it upon themselves to give Kendall a taste of being a mom by leaving her to babysit Malika's son Ace Flores, who's now 1 year old. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Kendall Jenner Get Schooled in Diaper Changing with Malika Haqq's Son Ace on KUWTK," 26 Mar. 2021 Ausberry’s hire of the student also came after Miles was told to stop hiring student employees to babysit following a 2013 investigation into his questionable behavior with students. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Two LSU employees had troubling records. Many ask why they're not fired.," 12 Mar. 2021 The 25-year-old University of Minnesota medical student has volunteered since last summer to babysit for health care workers. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "A year into pandemic, some efforts to help Minnesota health workers may be here to stay," 12 Mar. 2021 His best to date remains this 2009 genre flick starring Jocelin Donahue as a college student hired to babysit by a creepy couple. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 Ella Fitzgerald would babysit for him in the shop when his parents went out for lunch, Ian Goldrich said. New York Times, "Henry Goldrich, Gear Guru to Rock Stars, Is Dead at 88," 4 Mar. 2021 His best to date remains this 2009 genre flick starring Jocelin Donahue as a college student hired to babysit by a creepy couple. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 His best to date remains this 2009 genre flick starring Jocelin Donahue as a college student hired to babysit by a creepy couple. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Babysit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babysit. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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babysit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of babysit

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

babysit

verb
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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