Babysat



to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
to baby-sit for (a child):
We’ve placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
to take watchful responsibility for; tend:
It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
Contemporary Examples

But calling your sister-in-law, who babysat seven of your kids all day, and complaining?
Kate Gosselin’s Top 10 Angry Moments The Daily Beast Video June 6, 2009

In 1983, Romney was a ward bishop, and the mother, Peggie Hayes, was a 23-year-old single mom who babysat for his kids.
Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business? Kathryn Joyce June 22, 2014

I was lucky the folk singer Judy Collins babysat for me and instilled in me an early passion for music.
“The Gift of Cancer” Mark McKinnon February 21, 2010

verb -sits, -sitting, -sat
(intransitive) to act or work as a baby-sitter

verb

To attend and care for a child, or by extension, for anyone or anything: Which is why she has one of us baby-sitting twenty-four hours a day (1940s+)
To be a guide and companion to someone undergoing a psychedelic drug experience

[1960s+ narcotics; back formation from baby-sitter, ”nursemaid, nanny,” attested before 1940]

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