baby-sit

[bey-bee-sit]
verb (used without object), baby-sat, baby-sitting.
1.
to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
verb (used with object), baby-sat, baby-sitting.
2.
to baby-sit for (a child): We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
3.
to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
Also, babysit.


Origin:
1945–50

baby-sitter, babysitter, noun
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baby-sit
 
vb , -sits, -sitting, -sat
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
 
'baby-sitting
 
n, —adj

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Example sentences
Keeley said he succeeded because he did more than babysit.
You'll have to constantly babysit it to keep it pointed in the right direction,
  and it becomes a constant distraction.
The plan was for her to babysit in the afternoon, then come home to start
  sewing her graduation dress.
For those of us who live too far away, or are not able to babysit, there are
  lots of other ways to stay close.
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