\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Guests are encouraged to bring drinks and coolers to stay hydrated in the heat and bring beach blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas for shade to sit around the amphitheater, Long said. Chloe Mcgowan, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Aug. 2022 The win moved the Mercury up to the eighth spot in the playoffs and the Liberty now sit outside in ninth place. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 If your office is open, and many of your colleagues sit at home glaring into a computer, go to the office. WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 After being released, Mr. Woodfox had to relearn how to walk down stairs, how to walk without leg irons, how to sit without being shackled. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Saint-Saëns’ use of the organ is an oddity, but so is the piano, with two pianists who sit next to the organ. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Open to the room but plush and cozy, half banquettes are where everyone wants to sit. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 For plastic mats that sit inside the tub or shower to prevent slipping, soak in a mixture of 1/8 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water for an hour before rinsing thoroughly. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 The Dodgers have been a World Series favorite all season, and currently sit at +350 to win the 2022 World Series. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meghan chased her son on the beach in black-and-white home video footage shared during the Sussexes' sit-down with Winfrey, which aired in March. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 Another: President Biden’s sit-down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, 18 July 2022 According to Deadline, screenwriter Peter Moffat is turning Prince Andrew's sit-down with BBC Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis into a movie titled Scoop. Stephanie Petit,, 15 July 2022 Jenkinson asked in a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 July 2022 Later yesterday afternoon, the duo met with Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and Rafa Yuste representing the Blaugrana, and their sit-down concluded with an agreement between the European giants for the 25-year-old midfielder. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Six congressional staffers were arrested on Monday after a group staged a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 27 July 2022 Protestors are planning an around-the-clock sit-in at the Statehouse throughout the week. The Indianapolis Star, 25 July 2022 Sixty-two years ago, four Black college students staged a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 25 July 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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