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

One group thinks that smaller airline seats are the perfect expression of a free market. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, "Do travelers deserve bad service?," 10 July 2019 The best seat in the house is at any of the tables by the front windows (sweetly decorated with a champagne flute, silverware, and ice cream scoop decals). Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 By comparison, on the secondary market, the least expensive Centre Court seat Wednesday was $1,122. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Wimbledon fans camp out for days to buy tickets: ‘It’s a very jolly atmosphere’," 10 July 2019 The gun issue comes at a politically sensitive time in Virginia, where all 140 seats are up for election in November. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Enough is enough': Virginia lawmakers debate ban on assault weapons," 9 July 2019 The seats are behind home plate, and the buffet is lavish. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Try to keep up with the chef of a 40,000-seat baseball-themed restaurant," 9 July 2019 The Kansas Senate seat is opening up after 2020, since 83-year-old Sen. Pat Roberts isn't running for reelection. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Kris Kobach files paperwork to run for Senate in Kansas," 8 July 2019 Grandstand seats are behind home plate in Section 21. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 6 July 2019 Greene’s seat on the Court of Appeals is for the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Judge Clayton Greene Jr. retires from Maryland's highest court," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Margaret Amato, seated at her desk in her office, was likely shot first, investigators said. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Obsession, money, lies tore Grant Amato’s family apart. A jury will decide whether he killed them," 12 July 2019 Hong seemed to know most of the other folks seated at the counter, bantering with some bros from the upstairs co-working space while seemingly simultaneously handling the rice, slicing the day’s fish, and ringing up to-go bento-box orders. Julia Kramer, Bon Appétit, "This 8-Seat Hand Roll Counter in Seattle Is My Lunchtime Happy Place," 9 July 2019 Dozens of children, who are part of the Maasai tribe in east Africa, filled the room in front of him, seated at wooden desks and wearing new green, yellow and blue-colored school uniforms. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "It’s the Heart of the NFL Offseason, and Anthony Lynn Is Making the Most of It," 8 July 2019 Upton, who was low-key wearing a hat and eyeglasses, was seated at the back of a bar with a female friend, the representative said. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Kate Upton hits up hot new Houston restaurant MAD," 29 June 2019 Shot glasses filled with orange liquid are delivered to tables soon after patrons are seated at Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach, along with a snack dish of slender, toasted corn kernels. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach is Peruvian cure for summertime blues," 26 June 2019 In one of them, a staged photo op if there ever was one, Faulconer is standing by Trump seated at his desk. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mayor Faulconer’s odd 19 minutes with President Trump," 23 June 2019 At a restaurant, a waitress approaches a table and talks to the couple seated at it. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Tel Aviv Journal," 20 June 2019 Concert-goers should bring chairs or blankets for the lawn seating at Rotary Hill. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 14 June 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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