\ˈsēt \

Definition of seat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a special chair of one in eminence also : the status represented by it

b : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on

c : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting the seat of a chair trouser seat

d : buttocks

2a : a seating accommodation a seat for the game a 200-seat restaurant

b : a right of sitting lost his seat in Congress

c : membership on an exchange

3a : a place where something specified is prevalent : center a seat of learning

b : a place from which authority is exercised the county seat

c : a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered the brain as the seat of the mind

4 : posture in or way of sitting on horseback

5a : a part at or forming the base of something

b : a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests

by the seat of one's pants

: using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory


seated; seating; seats

Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to install in a seat of dignity or office

b(1) : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat

(2) : to provide seats for a theater seating 1000 persons

c : to put in a sitting position

2 : to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for

3 : to fit to or with a seat seat a valve

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to take one's seat or place

2 : to fit correctly on a seat

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Synonyms for seat

Synonyms: Noun

command, headquarters

Synonyms: Verb

set down, sit

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Examples of seat in a Sentence


There were seats for six people at the table. a car with leather seats He used the box as a seat. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome. The stool's seat is broken. The chairs have woven seats. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election. She won a Senate seat.


I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s the Basic Besk, a three-module chair consisting of a back rest, seat, and foot rest, that’s meant to mimic the position of sitting up in bed with a laptop. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "At last, a furniture collection designed to mimic working from bed," 5 Dec. 2018 To save even more, invest in a large family car with fold-flat seat backs like the Ford EcoSport. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 While Joanna's pick will cost you a pretty penny, there are plenty of other similar stroller sets at various price points, which feature similar capabilities including travel systems, car seat connectors, removable seats, and more. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's Where to Buy the Super-Popular Stroller Joanna Gaines Uses for Baby Crew," 21 Oct. 2018 The Good Fight does all this in the context of an edge-of-the-seat case-of-the-week courtroom drama, as sophisticated as any in the history of TV. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 The seats are comfortable, and the black panel dash hides the two-screen infotainment system when it's turned off. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Corner rink seats were $95 to $105 per game in the lower bowl and $35 to $40 in the upper deck. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "How much money can Seattle NHL fans expect to pay for tickets? More than in most other sports," 5 Dec. 2018 The thing that was most exciting to me, of course, was how many women were elected into the house—and that the two Senate seats that flipped were both women. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 The four-term congressman will face an uphill battle against the two-term incumbent Casey and Fox News' current projections show the seat is likely to remain in Democratic hands. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the incoming House majority leader, both said this week that Mr. Harris may not be seated until a House conducts its own investigation into the election. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Republican Says He Would Support New Election if Probe Finds Wrongdoing," 7 Dec. 2018 Campaign: Take $100 off seating with code BLACKOUT from 11/19 at 10 am ET through 11/26 running through 11/27 at 3:00 am ET. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Black Friday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 21 Nov. 2018 The pair were attending a dinner with the Queen, where McKellen was seated next to Princess Margaret. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ian McKellen Admits He and Judi Dench Were Up to No Good at Buckingham Palace During a Dinner with Queen Elizabeth," 14 Nov. 2018 Tesfaye was spotted in the front row at yesterday's taping in New York City, seated next to Bella's mom, Yolanda Hadid, and friends, Justine Skye and Lala Anthony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Cheers on Bella Hadid at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Two Years After Their Awkward Runway Reunion," 9 Nov. 2018 The line starts forming some 40 minutes before seating time. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Did Your Thanksgiving Include T-Rex and Chewbacca Costumes? Antarctica’s Did.," 25 Nov. 2018 Campaign: Take $100 off seating with code BLACKOUT through 11/27 at 3:00 am ET. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 Harry sat with Melania Trump and Justin Trudeau, while Meghan was seated one section away. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Celebrate a Major Milestone at the 2018 Invictus Games," 19 Oct. 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have people abuzz after they were seen holding hands while seated at St. George’s Chapel for the wedding service, a rare public display of affection for the duo. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Had a Rare PDA Moment at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of seat


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seat


Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

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Financial Definition of seat

What It Is

A seat is a license to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, either as an agent for someone else or for his or her own personal accounts (in which case, the person is called a floor trader).

How It Works

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE, also known as the Big Board) is the first and most popular stock exchange in the world. It was created in 1792 when two dozen stockbrokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and derivatives all trade on the NYSE.

The NYSE is an auction market where brokers and specialists buy and sell securities for people by matching the highest bidding price with the lowest selling price. When an investor wishes to buy or sell a security listed on the NYSE, he or she "places a trade" or an "order" by calling her broker or going to her online trading account. In either case, the order goes to a broker, who can get the order to the exchange several ways -- through a regional exchange, electronic communications network or directly to the NYSE. No matter how, the order eventually reaches the floor of the NYSE where floor brokers and specialists handle transactions.

Floor brokers execute buy and sell orders on behalf of their clients or the firms they work for. If you wanted to sell some shares of Company XYZ, for example, you might call your broker down the street and place a sell order. Your broker might in turn route the order to one of his firm's floor brokers who are actually on the floor of the exchange. The floor broker approaches the Company XYZ specialist (see below) and executes the trade. Some floor brokers are independent, meaning that they are not employed by any brokerage firm, but provide services to brokerage firms (that is, they work for themselves). In either case, floor brokers are the people doing most of the shouting on the trading floor.

Being a floor broker requires owning a seat on the NYSE.

Why It Matters

Seat holders help ensure an orderly market, which is one of the pillars of a stable financial system. For many, a seat on the NYSE is a symbol of all that is Wall Street. It is the place where fortunes are made and lost, and where the free market can be seen in its most tangible form. The NYSE manages the transfer of trading seats and determines which companies qualify for listing on the exchange. It also investigates and prosecutes violations of NYSE and federal securities regulations and can censure, fine, suspend, expel or bar members.

Although the NYSE expends considerable effort monitoring seat holders, they are also subject to a considerable amount of regulation from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, and from a host of laws, such as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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English Language Learners Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a chair) that you sit on : a place for sitting

: the part of a chair or other piece of furniture that a person sits on

: the part of a piece of clothing (such as a skirt or pair of pants) that you sit on



English Language Learners Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (a person) a place to sit

: to have enough seats for (a certain number of people)


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Kids Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a chair) used to sit in or on

2 : the part of something on which a person sits a chair seat There's a tear on the seat of my pants.

3 : the place on or at which a person sits Take your seat.

4 : a place that serves as a capital or center a seat of government

Other Words from seat

seated \ˈsēt-​əd \ adjective


seated; seating

Kids Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place in or on a seat Ushers seated the guests.

2 : to have enough places to sit for The hall seats 500 people.

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Medical Definition of seat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests — see rest seat

Medical Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or position on a dental seat

intransitive verb

: to fit correctly on a dental seat

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