\ 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 Eighteen seconds after exiting the car, Wright slips from both officers’ grasp and jumps into the driver’s seat. Jack Dunphy, National Review, "What Led to the Brooklyn Center Shooting?," 15 Apr. 2021 The agents then spotted a man walk out of a motel room and climb in the driver’s seat. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border Patrol arrests suspected leader of human smuggling organization in Chula Vista," 15 Apr. 2021 Democratic-leaning 1st District will fill the seat of former Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland, who is now Biden’s interior secretary. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Democratic majority continues shrinking in U.S. House," 14 Apr. 2021 The Republican candidate running in a special election to fill the seat left by the death of the New Hampshire House speaker won, as turnout eclipsed the number of machine ballots available for the town of Merrimack. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Republican wins New Hampshire special election as officials run out of machine ballots," 14 Apr. 2021 The officer, later identified as 26-year veteran Kim Potter, draws her gun and points it at Wright, who is now in the driver’s seat, before firing a shot. Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone, "What We Know About the Killing of Daunte Wright," 13 Apr. 2021 Still, the White House is attempting to recalibrate a deal that in many ways left the Taliban in the driver’s seat. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Afghanistan: Can Biden dodge failure and forge his own peace?," 12 Apr. 2021 To fill Justice Clark’s seat, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. New York Times, "Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93," 10 Apr. 2021 But the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat diluted Roberts' influence, as the court's conservative majority grew to 6-3. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court weighs whether to enter gun debate amid calls for stricter limits," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Restaurants were allowed to seat customers indoors at 25% of capacity from March 3 until Tuesday, when the restriction was relaxed to 50%. Los Angeles Times, "San Francisco is ‘orange,’ open and uncrowded. Here’s what you can do and what you can’t," 24 Mar. 2021 It is expected to take three weeks just to seat a jury of 12 members and up to four alternates. New York Times, "First Challenge in George Floyd Murder Trial: Finding an Impartial Jury," 7 Mar. 2021 Williams, who is Black, and Burdett, who is White, argued in court last week that the government's request to seat the grand jury -- approved by the court's chief judge -- may have violated his rights. John Simerman,, "Judge orders feds to turn over grand jury records to indicted City Council President Jason Williams," 10 Aug. 2020 Using the 20% standard, Waubonsie Valley can seat about 400 people. Rafael Guerrero,, "Naperville-area high school students launch petition drive to end ban that prevents them from attending football games," 20 Mar. 2021 The 1,500-square-foot space also has a retractable roof and can seat 26 diners, according to a news release. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "What to expect at highly anticipated new restaurant Christopher's at the Wrigley Mansion," 17 Mar. 2021 Outdoor venues will be allowed to seat spectators at 30% of capacity. David Thompson, USA TODAY, "ACC tournament considering attendance options with North Carolina easing restrictions," 25 Feb. 2021 The AT&T Center has the capacity to seat more than 18,000 people for basketball games but will limit attendance to ensure a space of 6 feet between groups. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan making life easy for teammates," 4 Mar. 2021 Rina Tonon, owner of Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills, normally didn't seat guests on its patio in the winter. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "As Michigan restaurants reopen, outdoor dining grabs part of the spotlight," 1 Feb. 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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17 Apr 2021

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“Seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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