babysit
verb (babysat; -sitting) Etymology: back-formation from babysitter Date: 1947 intransitive verb to care for children usually during a short absence of the parents; broadly to give care <
babysit for a neighbor's pets
>
transitive verb to babysit for; broadly mind, tend <
babysit house plants
>
<
police babysitting a witness
>
babysitter noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • babysit — (v.) also baby sit, 1947, from BABY (Cf. baby) + SIT (Cf. sit); figurative use (often contemptuous) by 1968. Babysitting is from 1946 …   Etymology dictionary

  • babysit — ► VERB (babysitting; past and past part. babysat) ▪ look after a child or children while the parents are out. DERIVATIVES babysitter noun …   English terms dictionary

  • babysit — [[t]be͟ɪbisɪt[/t]] babysits, babysitting, babysat VERB If you babysit for someone or babysit their children, you look after their children while they are out. [V for n] I promised to babysit for Mrs Plunkett... [V for n] My friend asked me to… …   English dictionary

  • babysit */ — UK [ˈbeɪbɪˌsɪt] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms babysit : present tense I/you/we/they babysit he/she/it babysits present participle babysitting past tense babysat UK [ˈbeɪbɪˌsæt] / US past participle babysat to look after children… …   English dictionary

  • babysit — ba|by|sit [ beıbi,sıt ] (past tense and past participle ba|by|sat [ beıbi,sæt ] ) verb intransitive or transitive * 1. ) to take care of children in their home while their parents are not there, especially in the evening: I ll ask my mother to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • babysit — verb a) To watch or tend someone elses child for a period of time, often for money. He left me to babysit the new guy while he got some work done. b) To watch or attend anything or anyone unnecessarily closely; to have to help or coax too much.… …   Wiktionary

  • babysit — ba|by|sit [ˈbeıbisıt] v past tense and past participle babysat [ sæt] present participle babysitting [I and T] to take care of children while their parents are away for a short time >babysitting n [U] ▪ a babysitting service >babysitter n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • babysit — ba·by·sit || beɪbsɪt v. supervise children while their parents are not home; watch over, supervise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • babysit — verb (babysits, babysitting; past and past participle babysat) look after a child or children while the parents are out. Derivatives babysitter noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • babysit — verb past tense and past participle babysat, present participle babysitting (I, T) to take care of children while their parents are away for a short time babysitting noun (U): She earns some extra cash from babysitting. | a babysitting service …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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