\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

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

Synonyms for seat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of seat in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among the most interesting will be in Colorado, which gained a brand new congressional seat following the 2020 Census count. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 English and Sweatman are vying for the Senate District 13 seat along with Libertarian candidate Noah Jones in the Nov. 8 general election. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 18 Sep. 2022 Russia retains its permanent seat and veto power in the Security Council, the U.N. William Mauldin, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 The first four rows of seats on the plane just a solo seat (there are two seats across the aisle). Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2022 Whoever has or hasn’t come before Herta, Red Bull’s Christian Horner, Helmut Marko and Franz Tost, among others, have been trying to to clear a seat for Herta by shipping away one of just two drivers to score an F1 win for Alpha Tauri. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Sep. 2022 The versatile furniture piece can certainly be used as a footstool, however, the ottoman can also be utilized as a seat or even a coffee table — just put a serving tray like this one on top, and voila. Sanah Faroke, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2022 Of greater interest from this seat will be how Van Zelst fares, especially after Calvaruso missed two kicks badly last week. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 He was most recently appointed to an empty County Commission seat by DeSantis. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sonic will have a four-seasons door dining room that can seat up to 20 people, with 15 pull-up car stalls, patio seating for 16, and a two-lane drive-thru. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 2 Sep. 2022 This high-ticket event will take place outdoors and have tables to seat guests. Victoria Kennedy, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 Inside, Hamburger King is a cozy, nondescript diner with a long counter and a few tables and chairs -- enough to seat about 40 guests. Bob Carlton |, al, 28 June 2022 This weatherproof sofa set has enough room to seat five people comfortably. cleveland, 11 June 2022 The former living area is now an extension of the modest dining room, which can seat up to 14 and is decorated with family photos and books from the couple’s own residence. New York Times, 10 May 2022 While Anajak’s patio can seat 30 to 40 guests, Pichetrungsi worried that even flipping to outdoor-only dining wouldn’t be enough to protect his staff. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 In contrast to Miracle Bar, Sippin' Santa will take no reservations this year and will seat guests on a first come, first served basis. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 5 Dec. 2021 The court needed 16 or 19 eligible candidates to select and seat a jury, Wilcox said. Leto Sapunar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

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.


\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

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


transitive verb

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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