Another travel writer and novelist, Paul Theroux, sat behind him.
I think of the many African American children who sat in one-room schoolhouses, desperately trying to get an education.
The duke and duchess just sat there, smiling, staring out at the crowd.
She brought with her that special presence and tranquillity as she sat speaking with his wife.
Plus, the college board chief defends the sat question and why TV may not be so bad for kids after all.
When these were arranged upon the table to his satisfaction, they sat down to tea.
Jim sat silent for a moment, then he turned suddenly on Sara.
They were shown at once into the apartment in which Henry Dunbar sat waiting for them.
For a long time he sat, too exhausted by his emotions to think.
And when they came to a gate they sat down in the grass by the wayside.
1961, initialism for Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.