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

Since being forged at the command of Aegon the Conqueror (Daenaerys' great great grandfather) years ago, anyone who's anyone in Westeros has had their eyes on this seat; whoever sits on the Iron Throne controls all of the Seven Kingdoms. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "HBO Scattered "Iron Thrones" All Over the World for You to Find," 20 Mar. 2019 Spirit was recognized for being one of the most cost-effective airlines to fly, but has the stingiest seat pitch (just 28 inches on average). Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 Such a task mirrors what Radar Intercept Officers, the second crew members manning the F-14 Tomcat, performed in the iconic two-seat fighter jet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force's New AI Is Like R2-D2 for Fighter Jets," 19 Mar. 2019 The seat configuration that its sold with is designed for kids 6 months and up, weighing less than 50 pounds. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Mockingbird Is a New Direct-to-Consumer Brand for Strollers, and We're Obsessed," 18 Mar. 2019 Also remember that this special is only available for coach seats, and there are no upgrades available. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Amtrak Is Having a Massive 2-for-1 Sale Just in Time for Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2019 As the video shows, Irina stood up and gave Bradley and Gaga a standing ovation with the rest of the audience before returning to take a seat. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Irina Shayk's Reaction After Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Sang "Shallow" at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Aboard the USS Shenzhou, Saru had a front-row seat to one the worst decisions Burnham had ever made, now in his most desperate hour, Burnham is the one standing by him. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 In theory, the most important power unions offer employees in times of turmoil is a seat at the table. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The monarch remained seated in her chair for the exchange and clearly didn't seem to mind about the protocol breach. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "When Meeting Queen Elizabeth, Susan Sarandon Broke Royal Protocol in a Notable Way," 27 June 2018 In one clip, the woman pushes over a display of nail polish, which nearly hits another customer seated in a what appears to be a waiting area. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows angry customer trashing nail salon," 24 June 2018 Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. Ivan Moreno, Houston Chronicle, "Bucks guard Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest," 19 June 2018 Pudge Rodriguez, heart and soul of the franchise’s second World Series title that year, was behind the plate again, this time seated in the first row at Marlins Park. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins fall to Giants in 16 innings; Pudge's son Dereck Rodriguez impresses in hometown start," 14 June 2018 Barack Obama recognized Schneiderman as he was seated behind Michelle at his 2012 State of the Union, and announced that the New York attorney general would lead a group investigating fraud during the subprime mortgage crisis. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Eric Schneiderman Is N," 8 May 2018 Oregon State: The game was a sellout at Gill Coliseum, which seats 9,301. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "No. 12 Oregon State holds off No. 2 Oregon 67-62," 19 Feb. 2019 Employees may have held off filing claims on Christmas week or while waiting for a new Congress to be seated. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Government Shutdown Could End 99-Month Job Growth Streak," 11 Jan. 2019 Guests were bussed to the ceremony site rather than being allowed to arrive on their own, and were required to be seated promptly at 10:15 a.m., which likely required an early wakeup call for hair, makeup, and dressing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's Celebrity Guests Needed a Nap After This Morning's Royal Wedding Ceremony," 12 Oct. 2018

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

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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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