ba·​by·​sit | \ˈbā-bē-ˌsit \
babysat\ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌsat \; 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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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 Bake something for a friend who is in the hospital, visit an elderly person, offer to babysit for a young mom, help a recent college grad with his or her resume, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or write a really nice note to your spouse. Jackie Pilossoph,, "15 material and nonmaterial self-confidence boosters," 20 June 2018 While shaking hands and greeting many of the spectators, William enquired whether anybody was free to babysit for him and his wife Kate Middleton. Maria Pasquini,, "Prince William to Wedding Crowds: 'We Are Looking for a Babysitter If You Are All Free!'," 18 May 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 \
babysat\ -​ˌsat \; babysitting

Kids Definition of babysit

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

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