\ 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
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 Unlike your appendix, though, the GLB’s rear seat is treated as a selling point, allowing the little SUV to claim seven-passenger status, a rare feature in its class. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Mercedes’s new small SUV a winner, despite goofy driver-assist feature," 24 June 2020 City Councilman Ritchie Torres is handily winning in an open seat in New York's 15th District. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Longtime incumbent Eliot Engel trails Jamaal Bowman in New York House primary," 24 June 2020 Body camera footage shows Gattenby sitting in the driver’s seat of the patrol car. Sarah Ravani,, "Video exclusive: Navy vet who died 8 days after Alameda arrest was pinned, tased multiple times," 24 June 2020 Each seat will also feature a drop-down footwell to allow for more personal space and multiple sleeping positions, which is great news for anyone who likes to toss and turn. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Double-decker Airplane Seat Could One Day Allow Everyone to Have Lie-flat Seats — Even in Economy," 24 June 2020 Each seat is elegantly accented by a crisp cushion, while a few throw pillows add a little something playful. Mark Heim |, al, "Outdoor furniture sale offers up to 50 percent off deals on sectionals, patio umbrellas, lighting," 24 June 2020 At a track whose sprawling grandstands seat about 80,000, only a few thousand were allowed entry to the race because of the coronavirus. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Noose at Talladega overshadows NASCAR effort to move beyond Confederate flag and turn toward inclusion, racial justice," 23 June 2020 McCoy had apparently fallen asleep or passed out in the driver’s seat of his car, in the restaurant’s drive thru lane. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "This California city defunded its police force. Killings by officers soared.," 23 June 2020 In first class, the Embraer has one seat on the left side of the aircraft and two on the right side. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Airlines will use smaller jets on Anchorage-Seattle flights and other in-state routes," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the second phase of economic reopening that began Monday, restaurants can seat customers up to 60% of fire code capacity. USA TODAY, "State fair upheaval, sewage testing, new mask rules: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2020 Starting June 29, movie theaters will be allowed to seat guests as long as they are spaced six feet apart. Joe Chen, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire official sees state's economy as 90 percent reopened," 19 June 2020 Sixth Avenue, for example, are not going to be allowed to seat customers in the street. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "To encourage social distancing, Anchorage will allow alcohol to be served in parking lots and on sidewalks," 17 June 2020 Even now that Jade Garden is permitted to operate at 25% capacity, such a small restaurant, with just 18 tables, means Chan can only seat diners at four tables. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, "Broken glass, broken dreams: Small businesses ravaged by protests and COVID-19 contemplate an uncertain future," 16 June 2020 Restaurants, which were allowed to seat diners inside for the first time on June 1, will be allowed to operate at 75% capacity. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis will move to its next reopening phase on June 19. Here's what to know.," 11 June 2020 Per the governor's latest reopening rules, metro Detroit restaurants are now able to seat customers on-site at 50% capacity. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Iconic Coney Island restaurants reopen doors in downtown Detroit," 8 June 2020 The Badger will seat five, have a 15-kW power outlet for hooking up tools or camping equipment, and, the company says, will be able to climb a 50 percent grade without stalling. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "The Nikola Badger, a New Fuel-Cell Pickup, Starts Preorders June 29," 8 June 2020 Emirates President Tim Clark said last week the double-decker A380, which can seat more than 500 passengers, would only be able to return to the skies after the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Matthew Martin,, "Emirates Starts Cutting Thousands of Jobs," 8 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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How to pronounce seat (audio)

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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\ 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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