Definition of babysit in English:



  • Look after a child or children while the parents are out.

    ‘I babysit for my neighbour sometimes’
    [with object] ‘she was babysitting Sophie’
    • ‘On Tuesdays, I babysat for some friends of my parents.’
    • ‘In Argentina it is usual for couples to ask their parents or a sibling to babysit for their children.’
    • ‘One night, my parents ask Grandpa to come over and babysit while they go see Chuck Berry at the Westbury Music Fair.’
    • ‘Girl Scouts are advised to ask the parents for whom they babysit to unload and lock-up their guns.’
    • ‘When Nancy visits friends who have younger children, her teenage daughters babysit so the parents can have a night out.’
    • ‘We have had some beautiful letters from the parents of children she babysat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She buys cool stuff because she babysits and makes good money.’
    • ‘My niece babysits, as I have two evening meetings.’
    • ‘Granny babysits, serves buttered toast for tea, and scoops up dancers from ballet classes in the next town.’
    • ‘She used to babysit for neighbours and was quite normal.’
    • ‘The woman left to do something - perhaps buy baby supplies - and left me to babysit.’
    • ‘We give by baking cookies for a neighbour, offering to babysit for weary parents or spending time with a lonely person.’
    • ‘We had to ring our neighbour and get her to come and babysit.’
    • ‘He used to come round here and we would babysit for him.’
    • ‘I was asked to babysit for the Alatas children and although I wasn't too keen on watching over a toddler, I had accepted.’
    • ‘In high school, my sister used to babysit for D's daughter's daughter.’
    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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