\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both companies hope to ultimately sell tickets for $200,000 a seat or more. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Paramedics airlifted the younger girl and her 1-year-old brother, who was belted into a child passenger restraint seat, to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where they were admitted in critical condition, according to CHP Officer Juan Escobar. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2021 His initial focus is narrow: Hiring an executive director, then providing support for a special election that gives Republicans a chance to win back a state Senate seat in Greenwich that had long been safe for the GOP. Mark Pazniokas,, 20 July 2021 Employees are in the driver’s seat and more confident than ever, thanks to the shortage of available labor right now, said Blair Heitmann, career expert at LinkedIn. Michelle Fox, NBC News, 20 July 2021 The exterior features unique 15-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and black mirror caps, while the interior includes special seat tags. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 July 2021 The audit has fast become a litmus test in an election cycle where an open governor’s office and an open U.S. Senate seat — the political equivalent of a blue moon — have triggered fiercely competitive Republican primaries. Marc Levy, ajc, 18 July 2021 The audit has fast become a litmus test in an election cycle where an open governor's office and an open U.S. Senate seat — the political equivalent of a blue moon — have triggered fiercely competitive Republican primaries. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong has jumped to a big fundraising lead over three other candidates in the 2022 Republican primary for north Alabama’s open 5th Congressional seat. Paul Gattis |, al, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both venues currently plan to have capacity limits and to seat guests with spaces between groups. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 4 July 2021 Each Metro Micro vehicle can seat up to 10 people, with COVID-19 considerations in mind, Haas said. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 Restaurants can seat guests indoors and outdoors with no minimum spacing requirement or maximum party size., 21 June 2021 With its retractable seating hidden behind a curtain, the space can seat about 400 for a dinner party in non-coronavirus times. Matthew J. Palm,, 9 Mar. 2021 The facility can seat 32,000 for women’s basketball under a normal configuration. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Feb. 2021 With just 47 members, the Senate has enough room to seat all of the members with senators about 4.5 feet apart. Pamela Wood,, 6 Nov. 2020 With two additional tight House races in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts, one Senate seat up for grabs, and a narrowing race between Trump and Joe Biden, Minnesota will play a pivotal role in 2020. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 3 Sep. 2020 Brewery has locations around the Valley, including the original near Arcadia, and large restaurants that seat more than 400 customers in both Gilbert and Paradise Valley. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021

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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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The first known use of seat was in the 13th century

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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)


\ 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.


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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


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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