baby-sit


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ba·by·sit

also ba·by-sit (bā′bē-sĭt′)
v. ba·by·sat (-săt′), ba·by·sit·ting, ba·by·sits also ba·by-sat or ba·by-sit·ting or ba·by-sits
v.intr.
1. To take care of a child or children in the absence of a parent or guardian.
2. To take care of or watch over someone or something needing attention or guidance.
v.tr.
1. To provide care for (a child) in the absence of a parent or guardian.
2. To watch over or tend: babysat the neighbor's plants for a week.

baby-sit

vb, -sits, -sitting or -sat
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
ˈbaby-ˌsitting n, adj

ba′by-sit`

or ba′by•sit`,



v. -sat, -sit•ting. v.i.
1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
v.t.
2. to baby-sit for (a child).
3. to take watchful responsibility for; tend: to baby-sit a car.
[1945–50]
ba′by-sit`ter, ba′by•sit`ter, n.

baby-sit


Past participle: baby-sat
Gerund: baby-sitting

Imperative
baby-sit
baby-sit
Present
I baby-sit
you baby-sit
he/she/it baby-sits
we baby-sit
you baby-sit
they baby-sit
Preterite
I baby-sat
you baby-sat
he/she/it baby-sat
we baby-sat
you baby-sat
they baby-sat
Present Continuous
I am baby-sitting
you are baby-sitting
he/she/it is baby-sitting
we are baby-sitting
you are baby-sitting
they are baby-sitting
Present Perfect
I have baby-sat
you have baby-sat
he/she/it has baby-sat
we have baby-sat
you have baby-sat
they have baby-sat
Past Continuous
I was baby-sitting
you were baby-sitting
he/she/it was baby-sitting
we were baby-sitting
you were baby-sitting
they were baby-sitting
Past Perfect
I had baby-sat
you had baby-sat
he/she/it had baby-sat
we had baby-sat
you had baby-sat
they had baby-sat
Future
I will baby-sit
you will baby-sit
he/she/it will baby-sit
we will baby-sit
you will baby-sit
they will baby-sit
Future Perfect
I will have baby-sat
you will have baby-sat
he/she/it will have baby-sat
we will have baby-sat
you will have baby-sat
they will have baby-sat
Future Continuous
I will be baby-sitting
you will be baby-sitting
he/she/it will be baby-sitting
we will be baby-sitting
you will be baby-sitting
they will be baby-sitting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baby-sitting
you have been baby-sitting
he/she/it has been baby-sitting
we have been baby-sitting
you have been baby-sitting
they have been baby-sitting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baby-sitting
you will have been baby-sitting
he/she/it will have been baby-sitting
we will have been baby-sitting
you will have been baby-sitting
they will have been baby-sitting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baby-sitting
you had been baby-sitting
he/she/it had been baby-sitting
we had been baby-sitting
you had been baby-sitting
they had been baby-sitting
Conditional
I would baby-sit
you would baby-sit
he/she/it would baby-sit
we would baby-sit
you would baby-sit
they would baby-sit
Past Conditional
I would have baby-sat
you would have baby-sat
he/she/it would have baby-sat
we would have baby-sat
you would have baby-sat
they would have baby-sat
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.baby-sit - take watchful responsibility forbaby-sit - take watchful responsibility for; "I baby-sit the neighbor's plants when she is out of town"
guard - to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
2.baby-sit - work or act as a baby-sitterbaby-sit - work or act as a baby-sitter; "I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do"
guard - to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
Translations

baby-sit

[ˈbeɪbɪsɪt]
B. VTcuidar, hacer de canguro a (Sp)

baby-sit

[ˈbeɪbɪsɪt] vi to baby-sit (for sb)guardare i bambini (a qn), fare il (or la) babysitter (per qn)

baby

(ˈbeibi) plural ˈbabies noun
1. a very young child. Some babies cry during the night; (also adjective) a baby boy.
2. (especially American, often babe) a girl or young woman.
ˈbabyish adjective
like a baby; not mature. a babyish child that cries every day at school.
baby buggy/carriage
(American) a pram.
baby grand
a small grand piano.
ˈbaby-sit verb
to remain in a house to look after a child while its parents are out. She baby-sits for her friends every Saturday.
ˈbaby-sitter noun
ˈbaby-sitting noun
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Ofsted says people who baby-sit for more than two hours at a time, or on more than 14 days per year, must be officially registered as childminders.
Ruth used to baby-sit Frema's kids when she was a teenager.
It gave me more money and as the months progressed I was asked to baby-sit more and more often.
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When Eula May leaves Roberta to baby-sit her dead father while she hurries to her suicide, the house burns to the ground.