[ sit-doun ]
/ ˈsɪtˌdaʊn /
done or accomplished while sitting down: sit-down meetings between the two party leaders.
(of a meal or food) served to or intended for persons seated at a table: a sit-down dinner.
Informal. a period or instance of sitting, as to relax, talk, or the like: They had a profitable sit-down together.
a protest demonstration whereby participants refuse to move from a public place.
Informal. a meal, especially a dinner, served to persons who are seated at a table.
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Origin of sit-down
First recorded in 1830–40; adj. and noun use of verb phrase sit down
Words nearby sit-down
Definition for sit down (2 of 2)
[ sit ]
/ sɪt /
verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
to rest with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs; be seated.
to be located or situated: The house sits well up on the slope.
to rest or lie (usually followed by on or upon): An aura of greatness sits easily upon him.
to place oneself in position for an artist, photographer, etc.; pose: to sit for a portrait.
to remain quiet or inactive: They let the matter sit.
(of a bird) to perch or roost.
(of a hen) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood.
to fit, rest, or hang, as a garment: The jacket sits well on your shoulders.
to occupy a place or have a seat in an official assembly or in an official capacity, as a legislator, judge, or bishop.
to be convened or in session, as an assembly.
to act as a baby-sitter.
(of wind) to blow from the indicated direction: The wind sits in the west tonight.
to be accepted or considered in the way indicated: Something about his looks just didn't sit right with me.
Informal. to be acceptable to the stomach: Something I ate for breakfast didn't sit too well.
Chiefly British. to take a test or examination: I’m studying now, and I plan to sit in June.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
to cause to sit; seat (often followed by down): Sit yourself down. He sat me near him.
to sit astride or keep one's seat on (a horse or other animal): She sits her horse gracefully.
to provide seating accommodations or seating room for; seat: Our dining-room table only sits six people.
Informal. to serve as baby-sitter for: A neighbor can sit the children while you go out.
Chiefly British. to take (a test or examination): She finally received permission to sit the exam at a later date.
- 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.
sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at: to sit in on classes.
- 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
usage note for sit
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British Dictionary definitions for sit down (1 of 3)
to adopt or cause (oneself or another) to adopt a sitting posture
(intr foll by under) to suffer (insults, etc) without protests or resistance
a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators sit down in a public place as a protest or to draw attention to a cause
See sit-down strike
(of a meal, etc) eaten while sitting down at a table
British Dictionary definitions for sit down (2 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for sit down (3 of 3)
/ (sɪt) /
verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)
(also tr; when intr, often foll by down, in, or on) to adopt or rest in a posture in which the body is supported on the buttocks and thighs and the torso is more or less uprightto sit on a chair; sit a horse
(tr) to cause to adopt such a posture
(of an animal) to adopt or rest in a posture with the hindquarters lowered to the ground
(of a bird) to perch or roost
(of a hen or other bird) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood
to be situated or located
(of the wind) to blow from the direction specified
to adopt and maintain a posture for one's portrait to be painted, etc
to occupy or be entitled to a seat in some official capacity, as a judge, elected representative, etc
(of a deliberative body) to be convened or in session
to remain inactive or unusedhis car sat in the garage for a year
to rest or lie as specifiedthe nut was sitting so awkwardly that he couldn't turn it
(of a garment) to fit or hang as specifiedthat dress sits well on you
to weigh, rest, or lie as specifiedgreatness sits easily on him
(tr) mainly British to take (an examination)he's sitting his bar finals
(usually foll by for) mainly British to be a candidate (for a qualification)he's sitting for a BA
(intr; in combination) to look after a specified person or thing for someone elsegranny-sit
(tr) to have seating capacity for
sitting pretty informal well placed or established financially, socially, etc
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
Word Origin for sit
Old English sittan; related to Old Norse sitja, Gothic sitan, Old High German sizzen, Latin sedēre to sit, Sanskrit sīdati he sits
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Idioms and Phrases with sit down (1 of 2)
Take a seat, as in Won't you sit down? I won't be long. [c. 1200]
sit down to. Prepare to eat a meal, as in At six we all sat down to dinner. [Late 1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with sit down (2 of 2)
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
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