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

Examples of babysit in a Sentence

She babysits their kids on Saturday nights.
Recent Examples on the Web But she also gets paid to help companies, organizations and individuals with social media and sometimes babysits through the app Bambino Sitters. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Estes picked her up and met her three kids Camden, 11, Jaxon, 9, and Saylor, 8, and her mom, who was over to babysit. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 Carly babysits for her aunt (OP's sister), who lives nearby with her 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 Bowen, after realizing that the $50,000 GPS unit can’t reach enough satellites from the safety of the shore to perform its high-detail mapping, instead sets it up on a deteriorating mud island with another professor to babysit it. Cassidy Randall, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 In the film, Giamatti plays a curmudgeonly teacher at a New England prep school who stays on campus during Christmas break to babysit the students who have nowhere to go for the holiday. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Time heals all wedgies, but there’s a reason Kyle Shanahan didn’t babysit Christian McCaffrey back in the day. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Shanahan’s dad coached Ed, and Shanahan’s sister would babysit young Christian. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 There’s just no way to babysit for several hours and not need to navigate the stairs. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from babysitter

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of babysit was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Babysit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ba·​by·​sit ˈbā-bē-ˌsit How to pronounce babysit (audio)
babysat -ˌsat How to pronounce babysit (audio) ; babysitting
: to care for children usually while the parents are away for a short time
babysitter noun

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