sit out


sat out; sitting out; sits out

transitive verb

: to refrain from participating in
sat out every dance

Examples of sit out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One positive for the Trojans on Saturday night was the return of All-Sun Belt defensive end T.J. Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for a team rules violation prior to preseason camp and sat out the first two games. Creg Stephenson |, al, 18 Sep. 2023 For example, one person might sit out every other game, while another might play only one game each session. Miss Manners | Judith Martin, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023 Starter Juan Thornhill, who sat out Sunday’s 24-3 victory over the Bengals, returned to practice on Friday for the first time since last Wednesday, but was limited with his calf injury. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2023 The Ravens missed Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews, who sat out with a quadriceps injury but could play against the Bengals. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 Mike Pence is the perfect embodiment of an almost-candidate being anointed after sitting out the primaries. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 11 Sep. 2023 After sitting out three games due to a swollen thumb, Sosa hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the Cubs’ 10-2 pasting of the Florida Marlins. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Porter sat out only two games before Enfield reinstated him in time to contribute to the Trojans’ blowout win over Arizona. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 After sitting out last week, he is expected to be back against the Buckeyes as the perfect way to test the theory that the cornerback play is better this season. Stephen Means, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sit out was in 1659

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Cite this Entry

“Sit out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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