Simple Definition of sit
: to be in a position in which your bottom is resting on a chair, the ground, etc., especially with your back upright
: to begin to sit : to put yourself in a sitting position
: to cause (someone) to be seated : to put (someone) in a sitting position
Full Definition of sit
2 : to occupy a place as a member of an official body <sit in Congress>
3 : to hold a session : be in session for official business
4 : to cover eggs for hatching : brood
5a : to take a position for having one's portrait painted or for being photographedb : to serve as a model
6 archaic : to have one's dwelling place : dwell
7a : to lie or hang relative to a wearer <the collar sits awkwardly>b : to affect one with or as if with weight <the food sat heavily on his stomach>
sit on one's hands
Examples of sit in a sentence
He was sitting in a chair next to the window.
She sat across from me during dinner.
The children sat cross-legged on the floor playing a game.
Are you going to sit there and watch TV all day?
Don't just sit there—do something!
She walked around the table and sat across from me.
She sat the toddler in the chair.
The cat likes to sit by the window.
The bird sat on the ledge.
The limousine is sitting outside.
Origin and Etymology of sit
Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan; akin to Old High German sizzen to sit, Latin sedēre, Greek hezesthai to sit, hedra seat
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of sit
1 : the manner in which a garment fits
2 : an act or period of sitting
First Known Use of sit
SIT Defined for Kids
Definition of sit for Students
1 : to rest upon the part of the body where the hips and legs join : to rest on the buttocks or hindquarters <We sat and waited on a bench.> <The dog sat by the fire.>
2 : to put the buttocks down on a surface <I sat down to write a letter.>
3 : to cause to be seated <He sat the baby in the chair.>
4 : 2perch <The bird sat on a branch.>
5 : to be located or stay in a place or position <A vase sits on the table.>
6 : to provide seats for <The car sits five.>
7 : to hold a place as a member of an official group <She was elected to sit in Congress.>
8 : to hold a session <The court sat last month.>
Legal Definition of sit
1 : to occupy a place as a member of an official or formal body <sit in Congress> <sit on a board of directors>
2 : to hold a session : conduct official business <the court sits in the state capital>
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