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babysit (someone or something)

1. To look after another person's child or children in a temporary capacity. Julia will babysit the kids on Saturday.
2. By extension, to look after or monitor someone, something, or an animal. Can you babysit these petri dishes and make note of any changes while I go to lunch? A: "Uncle Al is going to know you asked me to babysit him, and he won't be happy." B: "Well, too bad, because I'm not leaving him alone!" Maggie asked me to babysit her cat while she travels for work.
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babysit for (someone)

1. To watch another person's child or children. In this usage, the child is listed after "for." Julia will babysit for the kids on Saturday.
2. To help another person by watching their child. In this usage, the person being helped is listed after "for," and a noun or pronoun can be used between "babysit" and "for." Can you babysit for us tonight? Dave's company is having a work event that we have to go to. I got one of the neighbors to babysit Charlotte for me so I could come to the party.
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babysit with (someone or something)

1. To look after another person's child or children in a temporary capacity. Julia will babysit with the kids on Saturday.
2. To look after another person's child or children in tandem with someone else. I know you've never babysat before, so you'll babysit with Julia on Saturday.
3. By extension, to look after or monitor someone, something, or an animal. Can you babysit with these petri dishes and make note of any changes while I go to lunch? A: "Uncle Al is going to know you asked me to babysit with him, and he won't be happy." B: "Well, too bad, because I'm not leaving him alone!" Maggie asked me to babysit with her cat while she travels for work.
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babysit for someone

 and babysit (with) someone 
1. to attend and care for a child for a period of time. I'm looking for someone to babysit for my cousin. Will you babysit with my cousin?
2. to attend and care for a child for someone for a short period of time. Would you mind babysitting Roger for me for a few minutes? Sure, I will babysit for you.
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Last year, I started babysitting three nine-year-old girls, and it's a lot more fun now that I'm more mature.
She told me that her flat was not licensed by the authorities to cater to babysitting services and that it was her private business.
In the winter, most parents want to accumulate coupons: that way, they are able to go out in the summer without having to worry about babysitting. In winter, almost everyone wants to babysit, but few people want to go out then.
If you share the babysitting around by exchanging babysitting favours it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.
For Mona Arnold babysitting set her on the path to become a pharmacist.
Shotwell said many of these girls came from "gun free" homes and their parents had never considered the idea that their daughters could run into a situation involving a firearm while babysitting.
"There may have been babysitting money but that wouldn't have been a lot."
Yet, Catholic churches rarely provide babysitting. If they make any accommodation, it's a stuffy, isolated "cry room."
If I had my way, I'd pay teachers babysitting wages.
Babysitting fees have reached $5 to $8 per hour on average because of the shortage of teenage sitters, according to recent reports.
The actress, who plays child-snatcher Cindy Beale, had a furious row with her lover over babysitting.
There is a program that can help you be prepared for the responsibility of babysitting. It's called Safe Sitter.
It is called Legal Facts about Babysitting: Information for Young People Who Babysit.
And if necessary, find out about babysitting services, which cost from $5 and up per hour.