seat

noun
\ 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

seat

verb
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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ship will only be in space for a few minutes, at which point passengers will be able to get out of their seats and experience weightlessness. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019 Aside from the amazing acting and killer costumes — shoutout Colleen Atwood — the Green's makeup was another mesmerizing element that had us on the edge of our seats. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge Talks Makeup for Disney’s New Live-Action Remake of “Dumbo”," 2 Apr. 2019 O'Rourke, who almost won the Senate seat from Republican Ted Cruz, is known for his talent of keeping large crowds engaged. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Beto O'Rourke Music Videos for When You Need a Little Pick-Me-Up," 14 Mar. 2019 May’s Conservative minority government does not have a majority of seats in Parliament — a rare occurrence in Britain — and struggles to deliver its policies. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 Such arrangements offered discounted fares in exchange for passengers giving up certain perks, like choosing their seat. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Justice Kavanaugh has a permanent and comfortable seat on the Supreme Court. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Time 100 List Includes Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh—and People Have Thoughts," 17 Apr. 2019 The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, where Republicans hold every seat on the bench, doesn’t change operations at the nation’s busiest death chamber because state lawmakers banned the disclosure of drug suppliers for executions starting in 2015. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret," 13 Apr. 2019 Often people ask to go for rides just to chat with her, and once a pregnant passenger delivered a baby in her front seat en route to the hospital. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Housed in a wooden box, the clock face is seated in gold and is protected by a screen, which can be lifted to turn the face over and get the serial number off the back. Kyrie Long, The Seattle Times, "Family donates ice classic clock UA Museum of the North," 30 Mar. 2019 And for the handful of cases with broader significance, the justices could follow past practices and delay a ruling until a ninth justice is seated. Gregg Re, Fox News, "GOP senators defend Kavanaugh as exasperation mounts: 'We're in the Twilight Zone,' Graham says," 24 Sep. 2018 Spalding’s Harvard colleagues Henry Louis Gates and Ingrid Monson were seated together near the stage, the university having held a weekend-long series of events honoring Allen earlier this year. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers," 1 July 2018 Though the precedent had held that new justices be seated even in election years, McConnell kept the spot open on the bet that a Republican could win that November — even if that Republican were Donald Trump. Washington Post, "Analysis: GOP’s long-term Supreme Court strategy pays off," 29 June 2018 Several years later, six Asian-American students from Syracuse University went to a Denny’s for dinner, and waited over 30 minutes as many white patrons were seated. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Toothless Investigation Slaps Jerry Richardson on the Wrist," 28 June 2018 No vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the new Congress is seated. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What Justice Kennedy’s Supreme Court Retirement Means for Abortion Rights," 27 June 2018 Her husband, Karim Abdelaziz, yelled three times in Arabic at the other side of the courtroom, where relatives of the deceased were seated. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courtroom emotions high after jurors convict S.A. mom of murder," 7 June 2018 The Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Irina Shayk seating arrangement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Awkward Moments From the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of seat

Noun

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

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seat

Noun

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

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seat

noun

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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seat

noun

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

seat

verb

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)

seat

noun
\ 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

seat

verb
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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seat

noun
\ 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

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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