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
Similar fears have been voiced about future babysitting robots.
They sit around, retired, consuming goods and services and produce nothing but
  the occasional turn at babysitting.
Or seniors offering options for drop-off babysitting.
They have smarter appliances, combinations of washer and driers that did not
  need much babysitting.
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