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.
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Idioms for sit
- to fail to applaud.
- to fail to take appropriate action.
Origin of sit1
usage note for sit
Words nearby sit
Definition for sit (2 of 3)
Origin of sit2
Definition for sit (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for sit
I watch every episode alone on my couch and I just sit there and laugh, and laugh.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The detectives are still at it, seeking to account for a period of time when Brinsley may well have paused to sit somewhere.
It is very difficult to sit by helplessly while a friend is imprisoned for a crime that is too implausible to comprehend.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe our dear bear should sit quietly, not chase piglets and just eat berries and honey.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.
Sit, with our hands crossed, singing hymns and thinking of our cari sposi in the Plains?Chronicles of Dustypore|Henry Stewart Cunningham
But an Eskimo, for his part, can sit all day as still as a tombstone in a cemetery.Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North|Fullerton Waldo
I was so grateful that I was forced to go and sit down on the rug beside her.The Return of the Soldier|Rebecca West
And they have animals on which they sit, and which carry them at a speed far greater than that at which a man can run?By Right of Conquest|G. A. Henty
Believe me, Hewitt, I have not strength even to mount, much less to sit a horse at present.
British Dictionary definitions for sit (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for sit (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with sit
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