baby-sit


baby-sit
verb
1. take watchful responsibility for
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I baby-sit the neighbor's plants when she is out of town

Hypernyms: ↑guard
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. work or act as a baby-sitter
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I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do

Syn: ↑sit
Derivationally related forms: ↑sitter (for: ↑sit), ↑babysitter, ↑baby-sitter
Hypernyms: ↑guard
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s somebody

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I. \\ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ intransitive verb
: to act or become employed as a baby-sitter

ask her to basy-sit during church service

I had to baby-sit with my grandchildren — Robert Frost

II. intransitive verb
: to stay with and care for any offspring

the male baby-sits, uncovering the eggs if the mound gets too hot — National Geographic World

: to stay with and look after the welfare of : mind : tend

baby-sit the house plants

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baby-sitter, babysitter, n.
/bay"bee sit'/, v., baby-sat, baby-sitting.
v.i.
1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
v.t.
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. Also, babysit.
[1945-50]

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baˈby-sit intransitive verb and (esp N American) transitive verb
To act as baby-sitter (to)
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Main Entry:baby

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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