Definition of babysit in English:

babysit

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Look after a child or children while the parents are out:

    ‘I babysit for my neighbour sometimes’
    [with object] ‘she was babysitting Sophie’
    • ‘We have had some beautiful letters from the parents of children she babysat.’
    • ‘We had to ring our neighbour and get her to come and babysit.’
    • ‘We give by baking cookies for a neighbour, offering to babysit for weary parents or spending time with a lonely person.’
    • ‘When Nancy visits friends who have younger children, her teenage daughters babysit so the parents can have a night out.’
    • ‘He used to come round here and we would babysit for him.’
    • ‘She used to babysit for neighbours and was quite normal.’
    • ‘I was asked to babysit for the Alatas children and although I wasn't too keen on watching over a toddler, I had accepted.’
    • ‘Much manly back slapping ensued, and I now have a friend's gown in my room which I agreed to babysit whilst he went to the PT.’
    • ‘The woman left to do something - perhaps buy baby supplies - and left me to babysit.’
    • ‘One night, my parents ask Grandpa to come over and babysit while they go see Chuck Berry at the Westbury Music Fair.’
    • ‘In Argentina it is usual for couples to ask their parents or a sibling to babysit for their children.’
    • ‘Which reminds me, I need to get in touch with all the usual parents I babysit for, and tell them to call me here at Alex's instead.’
    • ‘Outwardly, Gina didn't seem troubled - she babysat for neighbors, wrote cute poems, and smiled radiantly for pictures.’
    • ‘Girl Scouts are advised to ask the parents for whom they babysit to unload and lock-up their guns.’
    • ‘Granny babysits, serves buttered toast for tea, and scoops up dancers from ballet classes in the next town.’
    • ‘Once the child's parents have asked you to babysit for them, it is a good idea to agree rates of payment at that stage.’
    • ‘She buys cool stuff because she babysits and makes good money.’
    • ‘In high school, my sister used to babysit for D's daughter's daughter.’
    • ‘On Tuesdays, I babysat for some friends of my parents.’
    • ‘My niece babysits, as I have two evening meetings.’
    look after, take care of, tend, attend to, mind, minister to, take charge of, nurse, provide for, foster, protect, watch, guard
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Pronunciation:

babysit

/ˈbeɪbɪsɪt/