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

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

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  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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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