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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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

Can be confused

set sit (see usage note at set)

Usage note

See set.
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British Dictionary definitions for sit out (1 of 3)

sit out

verb (adverb)

(tr) to endure to the endI sat out the play although it was terrible
(tr) to remain seated throughout (a dance, etc)
(intr) mainly British to lean backwards over the side of a light sailing boat in order to carry the centre of gravity as far to windward as possible to reduce heelingUS and Canadian term: hike out

British Dictionary definitions for sit out (2 of 3)

SIT

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

stay in touch

British Dictionary definitions for sit out (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 out (1 of 2)

sit out

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Also, sit through. Stay until the end of, as in We decided to sit out the lecture instead of leaving early, or He was only eight when he sat through an entire opera—and it lasted nearly five hours. [Early 1700s]


2

Refrain from taking part in, as in Jane's foot hurt so she sat out the last three dances. [Mid-1600s]

3

Outlast, outstay, as in He sat out all the other guests, hoping to get a word alone with the host. [Mid-1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with sit out (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • at a sitting

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