Origin of sat2
Origin of SAT
verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
- to take a seat.
- to descend to a sitting position; alight.
- to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege: The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
- to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant: to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band's regular pianist.
- to take part in a sit-in.
- to inquire into or deliberate over: A coroner's jury was called to sit on the case.
- Informal.to suppress; silence: They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
- Informal.to check or rebuke; squelch: I'll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
- to stay to the end of: Though bored, we sat out the play.
- to surpass in endurance: He sat out his tormentors.
- to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in: We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
- to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
- to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
- to sit upright; hold oneself erect.
- Informal.to become interested or astonished: We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
Origin of sit1
Synonyms for sit
Origin of sit2
Related Words for satperch, squat, lie, cover, relax, park, rest, seat, remain, install, assemble, meet, open, ensconce, settle, pose, hunker, posture, preside, deliberate
Examples from the Web for sat
Contemporary Examples of sat
Interesting that those who sat in judgment of him found those two sets of beliefs to be incompatible.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
So I just patted him kind-like on the shoulder and sat down.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Just a few short years ago, I sat down at my computer, and I typed out a similar goodbye letter.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
I might have sat next to him in a class, and joked or something.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
So, feeling “a little loopy” from beers, he sat down and wrote a letter to Santa Claus.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of sat
At the breakfast-table, comfortably near the hearth, sat Horace Milbrey.
There sat his nephew in the old place, apparently not having stirred.
He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.
He sat down, rather discontented, and resumed the current of his reflections.
He sat down again, and it flooded back upon him with new force.
adjective Southern African
Word Origin for sat
verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
Word Origin for sit
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sit
- sit at one's feet
- sit back
- sit bolt upright
- sit by
- sit down
- sit in
- sit on
- sit on one's hands
- sit out
- sit pretty
- sit through
- sit tight
- sit up
- sit well with
- at a sitting