verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate [sat, seyt]; /sæt, seɪt/; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten [sit-n]; /ˈsɪt n/; sit·ting.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate [sat, seyt]; /sæt, seɪt/; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten [sit-n]; /ˈsɪt n/; 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 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
words often confused with sit
Words nearby sit
Definition for sit (2 of 2)
Origin of sit2
Example sentences from the Web for sit
“No one wants to sit next to a piece of concrete,” said Shallal, who hopes the new setup will encourage more people to travel to the neighborhood and even open businesses there.Busboys and Poets to launch ‘streatery’ east of the Anacostia River|Michael Brice-Saddler|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
There should not be 90-year-olds sitting around wondering if anyone’s going to remember they exist and give them a vaccine.Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos|Lindsay Muscato|February 12, 2021|MIT Technology Review
The Washington Wizards will soldier on without their leading scorer for the second time this season when Bradley Beal sits out Friday’s game against the Knicks for rest.Bradley Beal will miss Friday’s game against the Knicks for rest|Ava Wallace|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
My son sat alone in the classroom this week, surrounded by empty desks in a silent formation.The mid-pandemic return to school is totally weird for kids. And possibly lonely, too.|Petula Dvorak|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
I’ve been stuck in hospitals and in my house, and now I’m just sitting out here in the sun.A rare disease, a covid diagnosis, a painful decision: The death of basketball coach Lew Hill|Dave Sheinin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
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
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 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.
DeCrow would come to lead a movement against this practice, suing the Hotel Syracuse in 1969 and calling for protests and sit-ins.
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
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.
Since Henry Hawk could sit in a great elm far up the road and see himp.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Never again would he sit behind that wheel rejoicing in the insolence of speed.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The hut was barely high enough to let him sit up, and long enough to let him lie down—not to stretch out.
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