babysit


verb (used without object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

  1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

verb (used with object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

  1. to baby-sit for (a child): We’ve placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
  2. to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.

verb -sits, -sitting or -sat

  1. (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
v.

also baby-sit, 1947, from baby (n.) + sit (v.); figurative use (often contemptuous) by 1968. Babysitting is from 1946.

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