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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the aftermath of the almost-shooting, all of Team Tape (sans a rightly wary Zach) band together to essentially babysit Tyler at all times. Ariana Romero,, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 Second, the nurses cannot and will not babysit your child. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Don’t bring the kids!," 5 Aug. 2019 The grandmas were booked to babysit our seven-year-old twins, as was the hotel with a giant soaking tub, and actual books were packed in our carry-on luggage. NBC News, "How spending a long weekend without our kids gave my marriage a boost," 10 July 2019 At night they’d occasionally be left alone to babysit. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 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

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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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7 Oct 2019

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The first known use of babysit was in 1944

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How to pronounce babysit (audio)

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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