\ ˈsēt \

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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Examples of seat in a Sentence


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.


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

Bryce is vying with Janesville School Board member Cathy Myers for the Democratic nomination to claim the seat now held by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin makes outstate push appearing alongside Bernie Sanders at Eau Claire rally," 14 July 2018 Dogs or cats up to 20 pounds each are accepted in carriers that can be placed under the seat of each pet owner. Mary Wisniewski,, "Pets now allowed on all Amtrak Midwest routes," 13 July 2018 Democrat Tracy Patterson, 46, an operations director at Travelers and married mother of four children, will serve until November, when Republican Scott Hughes takes the seat. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "New Manchester School Board Member To Serve Rest Of Leon's Term," 13 July 2018 The center seat has a head restraint that can be lowered when not needed. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Isabella leaned her head back against the leather seats and waited. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 After whiling away a day at a pool party and a strip club, Callahan climbed into the passenger seat of the Volkswagen Beetle his friend was driving., "How John Callahan Used His Disability To Fuel Fearlessly Funny Cartoons," 13 July 2018 This would then be repeated until the field was reduced to the required size—between three and five representatives, depending on the seat. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 The trial began late September in Sumner, the seat of the Tallahatchie County courthouse. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She was seated next to Monte Wedl, a Tennessee resident who'd been served at least three to four vodka sodas and had taken Ambien, according to the suit filed last week. Crystal Hill, sacbee, "Woman fell asleep on United flight — and awoke to off-duty pilot groping her, lawsuit says," 11 July 2018 At the most recent Manafort hearing in Virginia, Weissmann was not seated at the prosecution table. Catherine Herridge, Fox News, "Manafort filing unmasks DOJ meeting with AP reporters, questions if 'grand jury secrecy' violated," 9 July 2018 Another features the family seated at a picnic table covered with brown paper and disposable cups, staring at the camera while leaning toward a pile of soon-to-be devoured crabs. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘All gone in the blink of an eye’: Woman survives crash that killed her husband and 4 daughters," 8 July 2018 While it is being tapped to help solve the case, the audience, seated at tables of eight, can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dessert provided by Papa Joe’s restaurant of Orland Park. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Audience assists in solving ‘Touchtone 'M' for Murder’ mystery in Orland Park," 6 July 2018 And judging by the expression of the woman seated at the next table, one eye on me and one eye on the soccer match, people want to keep it that way. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Tickets for seating at the Petrillo Music Shell start at $18. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Five things to make the trek to Taste of Chicago worth it for suburbanites," 26 June 2018 The governments of Macedonia and Greece agreed on a new name for the former, which is seated at the UN as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2018 Bane ordered a bottle of beer after being seated at a table, and the server did not ask for his identification, according to the inspector’s report. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford liquor board fines four businesses for selling to a minor," 7 June 2018

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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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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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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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