See also: baby-sit


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Back-formation from babysitter.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbeɪbi.sɪt/
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babysit (third-person singular simple present babysits, present participle babysitting, simple past and past participle babysat)

  1. To watch or tend someone else's child for a period of time, often for money.
    My daughter is babysitting for the Morgans at number ten, who are going out on a date night.
    We need someone to babysit our children while we go to the theater.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Bart eventually gets Laura to babysit while Homer and Marge eat at the Sea Captain’s all-you-can-eat seafood joint, The Frying Dutchman.
  2. (transitive, informal) To watch or attend anything or anyone unnecessarily closely; to have to help or coax too much.
    He left me to babysit the new guy while he got some work done.
    • 2016, Christopher Vasey, Nazi Intelligence Operations in Non-Occupied Territories (page 175)
      It was observed by the FBI personnel assigned to “babysit” agent Tricycle that his egregiously excessive spending was causing unwanted attention []


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  1. imperative of babysitte