\ 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 This year, perhaps no one has a better front-row seat to a dramatic change taking place on the streets, highways and byways of the city, than reporters like Mr. Kaminski. New York Times, 29 May 2021 The normal expectation is that everyone inside a conventional car has to be respectful of the driver sitting in the driver’s seat and try not to bump them, distract them, or interfere with the driving chore. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Pick your vantage point — find a perch on the top deck of your favorite parking garage; have a seat next to the hoop courts at Pan Pacific Park; post up on the Blue Line bench — and enjoy your viewing experience. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Adams, who also started his career in the Transit Police, had a front-row seat to the Maple and Bratton show. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 22 May 2021 Greely, who had a front-row seat to many of the events in his capacity as director of the Stanford Center for Law and Biosciences, reveals to readers how He’s experiment came to be. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 For many years, Daley had a front-row seat to the changes in Oceanside as the city gradually changed from a military town into a tourist magnet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Michael Andretti had a front-row seat to Colton Herta’s utter domination for the 21-year-old’s fourth win of his IndyCar career, then saw all the talk about Herta’s potential prospects as the next great American driver in Formula 1. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2021 Hayes then learned the ropes in England inside the dynasty that was the Arsenal women’s team and had a front-row seat as an assistant coach during the Gunners’ 2006 sweep of all four major trophies. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Pigeon Forge installment, which will seat 39 customers at a time, will be Dynamic’s 14th flying theater attraction, Pierson said. Dewayne Bevil,, 31 May 2021 The tables will be spaced out to maintain physical separation, and seat a maximum of four people. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 The Airlander 10 aircraft will seat up to 100 passengers and operate with 90% fewer emissions than conventional aircraft, the company said in a press release. Jack Guy, CNN, 27 May 2021 The attraction, which features a 147-foot-tall mountain and can seat 6 people in its bobsleds, was up and running after Disneyland opened in 1959 and mimics the Swiss Alps. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, 25 May 2021 At that end of the runway there would be a front row which could maybe seat eight or 10 women at most. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, 22 May 2021 The 25,000 people in attendance was far lower than the 70,000 the L.A. stadium can seat, and attendees had to show proof of vaccination before they’d be allowed through the gate. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 One reason that restaurant numbers could be booming is that many restaurants can now seat more people, said Lilly Jan, a lecturer on food and beverage management at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Even now, San Francisco imposes stricter restrictions like limiting six people to a table inside and eight people outside, whereas restaurants in Miami can seat up to 10 people at a table inside and out. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 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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“Seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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