\ ˈsit How to pronounce sit (audio) \
sat\ ˈsat How to pronounce sit (audio) \; sitting

Definition of sit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to rest on the buttocks or haunches sit in a chair often used with down
b : perch, roost
2 : to occupy a place as a member of an official body sit in Congress
3 : to hold a session : be in session for official business
4 : to cover eggs for hatching : brood
5a : to take a position for having one's portrait painted or for being photographed
b : to serve as a model
6 archaic : to have one's dwelling place : dwell
7a : to lie or hang relative to a wearer the collar sits awkwardly
b : to affect one with or as if with weight the food sat heavily on his stomach
8 : lie, rest a kettle sitting on the stove
9a : to have a location the house sits well back from the road
b of wind : to blow from a certain direction
10 : to remain inactive or quiescent the car sits in the garage
11 : to take an examination
12 : babysit
13 : to please or agree with one used with with and an adverb the decision did not sit well with me

transitive verb

1 : to cause to be seated : place on or in a seat often used with down
2 : to sit on (eggs)
3 : to keep one's seat on sit a horse
4 : to provide seats or seating room for
sit on
1 : to hold deliberations concerning
3 : to delay action or decision concerning
4 : to wait or be ready for (a specific pitch) in baseball
sit on one's hands
1 : to withhold applause : fail to show approval or enthusiasm
2 : to fail to take expected or appropriate action
sit pretty
: to be in a highly favorable situation
sit tight
1 : to maintain one's position without change
2 : to remain quiet in or as if in hiding
sit under
: to attend religious service under the instruction or ministrations of also : to attend the classes or lectures of



Definition of sit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the manner in which a garment fits
2 : an act or period of sitting

Synonyms for sit

Synonyms: Verb

  • set
  • [chiefly dialect]
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Examples of sit in a Sentence

Verb He was sitting in a chair next to the window. She sat across from me during dinner. The children sat cross-legged on the floor playing a game. Are you going to sit there and watch TV all day? Don't just sit there—do something! She walked around the table and sat across from me. She sat the toddler in the chair. The cat likes to sit by the window. The bird sat on the ledge. The limousine is sitting outside.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There is absolutely no excuse to let these tests just sit and expire., 14 Jan. 2022 Let your conditioner sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out with cold water. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Let sit until second side is opaque, about 2 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2021 Fill the top bowl with ice and tap water, and let sit for a couple of minutes to cool and to contract the bowl. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Susan Selasky @SusanMariecooks on Twitter. Susan Selasky, USA TODAY, 23 Dec. 2021 Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Susan Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: 313-222-6872 or Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Dec. 2021 Let sit overnight or for at least six hours at room temperature. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 Apply the solution to the stain and let sit for 10 minutes. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cash and equivalents through 3Q21 sit at $1.6 billion, up from $418 million in 3Q20, and $100 million in 3Q19. David Trainer, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 The two sit on a grassy knoll propped up by a rudimentary wooden fence. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Sections of the property sit atop the old Redwood Road dump, Salt Lake City’s primary landfill from 1923 to 1962, according to information from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 An apple orchard and sunflower farm sit on the east, and a 71-acre pumpkin patch waits on the west. Zareen Syed,, 5 Oct. 2021 All of the bedrooms in the home sit on the second level. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 When 215 unmarked graves of Indigenous children were discovered in Kamloops B.C. a few weeks later, Howden and her team hosted a sit-in at the foot of the Ryerson statue, which has since been toppled., 8 Dec. 2021 Meek joined her son Kendrick, a former state trooper and state senator, in a 2000 sit-in at then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s office to protest an end to affirmative action policies. NBC News, 29 Nov. 2021 Former football player Jon Vaugh has been staging a sit-in in front of U-M President Mark Schlissel's on-campus house since early October. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 24 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sit


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sit


Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan; akin to Old High German sizzen to sit, Latin sedēre, Greek hezesthai to sit, hedra seat

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“Sit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sit

: to be in a position in which your bottom is resting on a chair, the ground, etc., especially with your back upright
: to begin to sit : to put yourself in a sitting position
: to cause (someone) to be seated : to put (someone) in a sitting position


\ ˈsit How to pronounce sit (audio) \
sat\ ˈsat \; sitting

Kids Definition of sit

1 : to rest upon the part of the body where the hips and legs join : to rest on the buttocks or hindquarters We sat and waited on a bench. The dog sat by the fire.
2 : to put the buttocks down on a surface I sat down to write a letter.
3 : to cause to be seated He sat the baby in the chair.
4 : perch entry 2 The bird sat on a branch.
5 : to be located or stay in a place or position A vase sits on the table.
6 : to provide seats for The car sits five.
7 : to hold a place as a member of an official group She was elected to sit in Congress.
8 : to hold a session The court sat last month.
9 : to pose for a portrait or photograph
10 : babysit


intransitive verb
sat; sitting

Legal Definition of sit

1 : to occupy a place as a member of an official or formal body sit in Congress sit on a board of directors
2 : to hold a session : conduct official business the court sits in the state capital

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