\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coalition currently holds a one-seat majority in Parliament’s lower chamber. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 While defending a majority of the seats up for grabs this year, Republicans only need a one-seat net gain and see strong pickup opportunities in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 20 May 2022 That seat, currently occupied by Rep. Jerry Nadler, would have to be vacated by the veteran congressman, as his Upper East Side home would now be a part of the 12th district. Rick Klein, ABC News, 19 May 2022 Another associate justice seat, Alabama Supreme Court Place 6, is also up for election this year. al, 19 May 2022 There are also a number of US House races that could determine whether Democrats continue to hold their five-seat majority. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 18 May 2022 After the musician sat down on the single-seat couch, the model moved to sit on his lap, one hand placed demurely over the crotch of her itty bitty dress. Anna Chan, Billboard, 18 May 2022 Southwest Airlines’ choose-your-own-seat policy wasn’t. Erin Delmore, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The agency also is requiring automakers to install systems that alert rear-seat passengers if their safety belts aren’t buckled. Tom Krisher And Hope Yen, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Downtown theaters seat between roughly 1,000 and 2,000. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 4 May 2022 The dining room, which has a mural and other artwork by Slawek Miskow, seats 60, and the bar can seat 20. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Attorneys in the case against Todt began working to seat a jury for his murder trial on Monday. Monivette Cordeiro,, 4 Apr. 2022 Attorneys in the case against Todt began working to seat a jury for his murder trial on Monday. Monivette Cordeiro,, 4 Apr. 2022 The peninsula, which extends about 10 feet and is topped by white granite with a waterfall edge, can seat five people comfortably. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The domes seat four times as many fans (which means $$$ for the NCAA), some of whom can even see the game from their blimp-altitude perches. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2022 This all-electric luxury electric crossover can seat five comfortably and take you about 280 miles on a single charge. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2022 Despite featuring only two doors and stretching only a couple of inches longer than a Chevy Trax, the original 95 wagon could seat seven occupants thanks to a rear-facing third row. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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\ 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


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.


\ 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


transitive verb

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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