sit

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[ sit ]
/ sɪt /

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.

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Idioms for sit

Origin of sit

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before 900; Middle English sitten, Old English sittan; cognate with Dutch zitten, German sitzen, Old Norse sitja; akin to Gothic sitan, Latin sedēre, Greek hézesthai (base hed-); cf. set, sedate, cathedral, nest

usage note for sit

See set.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sit

set sit (see usage note at set)
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British Dictionary definitions for sit on (1 of 3)

sit on

verb (intr, preposition)

to be a member of (a committee, etc)
informal to suppress
informal to check or rebuke

British Dictionary definitions for sit on (2 of 3)

SIT
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

stay in touch

British Dictionary definitions for sit on (3 of 3)

sit
/ (sɪt) /

verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)

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 on (1 of 2)

sit on

Also, sit upon.

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Confer about or deliberate over, as in Another attorney was called to sit on the case. [Mid-1400s]

2

Suppress or repress, as in I know they were sitting on some evidence. [Early 1900s]

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Postpone action or resolution regarding, as in I don't know why the city council is sitting on their decision. [Early 1900s]

4

Rebuke sharply, reprimand, as in If he interrupts one more time I'm going to sit on him. [Slang; second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with sit on (2 of 2)

sit

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