American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take care of a child or children in the absence of a parent or guardian.
- v. To take care of or watch over someone or something needing attention or guidance.
- v. To provide care for (a child) in the absence of a parent or guardian.
- v. To watch over or tend: baby-sat the neighbor's plants for a week.
- v. To watch or tend someone else's child for a period of time, often for money.
- v. To watch or attend anything or anyone unnecessarily closely; to have to help or coax too much.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. act as a baby-sitter.
- v. take watchful responsibility for
- v. work or act as a baby-sitter
- Compound of baby + sit. (Wiktionary)
“These officers were taken away from their emergency duties to baby-sit this car.”
“Advocates are hoping the push for more rights for domestic servants will spread to other unskilled migrants, as some countries grow increasingly reliant on imported cheap labor to baby-sit for their children, staff their factories and build their skyscrapers.”
“Stop letting the TV and the internet baby-sit and spend time with their children.”
“She later testified that she had intended to go to the Short Stop with Jones and King but could not get anyone to baby-sit for her.”
“Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.”
“You can ask Siri anything—what the weather's going to be, what the meaning of life is (chocolate), whether Siri can baby-sit the kids while you go dancing at the club (she can—she's amazing!)”
“In foreign policy, he has Obama's specific mandate to monitor the wind-down of the American troop involvement in Iraq and to baby-sit its tortuous journey to political stability.”
“I chose to baby-sit instead of applying for service related jobs in high-school.”
“Ms. Coffey spoke of her desire to have children and agreed to baby-sit for the $20 cab fare between their homes, Mr. Baldwin said.”
“Mr. Baldwin said he asked Ms. Coffey to baby-sit when all other family members were unable to on Thursday.”
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