babysit

verb

ba·​by·​sit ˈbā-bē-ˌsit How to pronounce babysit (audio)
babysat ˈbā-bē-ˌsat How to pronounce babysit (audio) ; babysitting

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
babysitter noun

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Example Sentences

She babysits their kids on Saturday nights.
Recent Examples on the Web Christina Margolis, of the Glenbrook North High School Class of 2002, used to babysit for Francie Dekker. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Morrison is accused of approaching a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl in his vehicle on Aug. 17 and offering them $20 each to babysit his 4-year-old child. Fox News, 31 Aug. 2022 Morrison is accused of approaching a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl in his vehicle on Aug. 17 and offering them $20 each to babysit his 4-year-old child. CBS News, 31 Aug. 2022 Touchstone had been convicted of child molestation two months before his wife, Ann, knocked on the Brophys’ door and offered to babysit their infant son. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Her regular commute was from the Elmwood up into the Berkeley Hills to her son’s house in order to babysit her three grandchildren. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2022 Rosa would babysit, including for Maldonado’s children. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2022 Vesbit will sometimes babysit while Roost and her son are in town. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 Family Christian Center hired Smith, a church member and Valparaiso University student, to babysit the Munseys’ grandchild in their Schererville home in the 1400 Block of Wilderness Drive on May 29, 2015, the lawsuit stated. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from babysitter

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of babysit was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Babysit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babysit. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

babysit

verb

ba·​by·​sit ˈbā-bē-ˌsit How to pronounce babysit (audio)
babysat
-ˌsat
; babysitting
: to care for a child while the child's parents are away

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