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 Our question: Who agrees to babysit another restaurant’s ice? Phillip Valys,, 26 July 2021 In the decades that followed, Mitchell would pay forward what her mother-in-law did for her by helping translate for new immigrants, bridge cultural differences, give rides and babysit for other Filipinos who had immigrated to Minnesota. Madison Karas, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Other volunteers were expected to babysit for free. Lydia Wang,, 1 June 2021 She occasionally gets called away from political events to babysit her little brother. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Hudgens used to babysit the young Geislers, playing Rock Band at their apartment. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2021 After all, their responsibility is to deliver a product on time and in-budget, not to babysit. Alyson Stoner,, 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,, 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, 12 Mar. 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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3 Aug 2021

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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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