babysit

play
verb ba·by·sit \ˈbā-bē-ˌsit\

Definition of babysit

babysat

play \-ˌsat\;

babysitting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents; broadly :  to give care babysit for a neighbor's pets

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of babysit

back-formation from babysitter


BABYSIT Defined for English Language Learners

babysit

play
verb

Definition of babysit for English Language Learners

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


BABYSIT Defined for Kids

babysit

play
verb ba·by·sit \ˈbā-bē-ˌsit\

Definition of babysit for Students

babysat

\-ˌsat\;

babysitting

  1. :  to care for a child while the child's parents are away

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