verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

(of a cap, valve, etc.) to be closed or in proper position: Be sure that the cap of the dipstick seats.


    by the seat of one's pants, using experience, instinct, or guesswork.

Origin of seat

1150–1200; Middle English sete (noun) < Old Norse sæti
Related formsseat·er, nounseat·less, adjectivemis·seat, verb (used with object)un·der·seat·ed, adjectivewell-seat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for seat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seated

placed, settled, located, established, set, rooted

Examples from the Web for seated

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British Dictionary definitions for seated



a piece of furniture designed for sitting on, such as a chair or sofa
the part of a chair, bench, etc, on which one sits
a place to sit, esp one that requires a ticketI have two seats for the film tonight
the buttocks
the part of a garment covering the buttocks
the part or area serving as the base of an object
the part or surface on which the base of an object rests
the place or centre in which something is locateda seat of government
a place of abode, esp a country mansion that is or was originally the chief residence of a family
a membership or the right to membership in a legislative or similar body
mainly British a parliamentary constituency
membership in a stock exchange
the manner in which a rider sits on a horse
by the seat of one's pants by instinct rather than knowledge or experience
on seat Western African informal (of officials) in the office rather than on tour or on leavethe agricultural advisor will be on seat tomorrow


(tr) to bring to or place on a seat; cause to sit down
(tr) to provide with seats
(tr; often passive) to place or centrethe ministry is seated in the capital
(tr) to set firmly in place
(tr) to fix or install in a position of power
(tr) to put a seat on or in (an item of furniture, garment, etc)
(intr) (of garments) to sag in the area covering the buttocksyour thin skirt has seated badly
Derived Formsseatless, adjective

Word Origin for seat

Old English gesete; related to Old Norse sæti, Old High German gasāzi, Middle Dutch gesaete
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Word Origin and History for seated



"thing to sit on; act of sitting," c.1200, from Old Norse sæti "seat, position," from Proto-Germanic *sæt- (cf. Old High German saze, Middle Dutch gesaete "seat," Old High German gisazi, German Gesäß "buttocks"), from PIE root *sed- "to sit" (see sit). Meaning "posterior of the body" (the sitting part) is from c.1600; sense of "part of a garment which covers the buttocks" is from 1835. Seat belt is from 1915, originally in airplanes.



"residence, abode, established place," late 13c., extended use of seat (n.1), influenced by Old French siege "seat, established place," and Latin sedes "seat." Meaning "city in which a government sits" is attested from c.1400. Sense of "right of taking a place in a parliament or other legislative body" is attested from 1774. Old English had sæt "place where one sits in ambush," which also meant "residents, inhabitants," and is the source of the -set in Dorset and Somerset.



1570s, "to be in a certain position" (implied in seated), from seat (n.2). Of diseases, in the body, from 1610s (hence deep-seated). Meaning "to cause to sit in a seat" is from 1610s, from seat (n.1). Related: Seated; seating.

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Idioms and Phrases with seated


In addition to the idiom beginning with seat

  • seat of the pants, by the

also see:

  • backseat driver
  • catbird seat
  • hot seat
  • in the driver's seat
  • ringside seat
  • take a back seat
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