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baby-sit

[bey-bee-sit] /ˈbeɪ biˌsɪt/
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
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
baby-sitter, babysitter, noun
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Examples from the web for babysit
  • 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.
  • They're popping over to rake the leaves, or bringing a family a home-cooked meal, or offering to babysit.
  • Be suspicious of someone who regularly offers to babysit, help out or take children on outings alone.
British Dictionary definitions for babysit

baby-sit

verb -sits, -sitting, -sat
1.
(intransitive) to act or work as a baby-sitter
Derived Forms
baby-sitting, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for babysit
v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for babysit

baby-sit

verb
  1. To attend and care for a child, or by extension, for anyone or anything: Which is why she has one of us baby-sitting twenty-four hours a day (1940s+)
  2. To be a guide and companion to someone undergoing a psychedelic drug experience

[1960s+ narcotics; back formation from baby-sitter, ''nursemaid, nanny,'' attested before 1940]


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