ba·by-sit

[bey-bee-sit], verb, ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

verb (used without object)

1. To take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

verb(usedwithobject)

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.

Origin:
1945–50

Relatedformsba·by-sit·ter, ba·by·sit·ter, noun

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