Origin of sitting
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.
- to fail to applaud.
- to fail to take appropriate action.
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Synonyms for sit
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Examples from the Web for sitting
Contemporary Examples of sitting
And it might be what Islamists complain about while sitting in their caves.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
And there are these three or four very mean Mexicans sitting next to us.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
I couldn't have imagined that I would actually be sitting with him, coincidentally at age 30, discussing the same issue.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Both impart the experience of sitting with brilliant Cubans over a rum to debate the State of Cuban Intellectual Life.Book Bag: Great Books About Cuba
December 20, 2014
So I’m sitting with my daughter and all of her friends—who are 13—and she says ‘Dad, can I be honest with you?Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of sitting
"But his sitting there eating in that—that shirt—" said his sister.
His nephew, with his coat stripped off, was sitting on the side of the bed.
“Would that you had been with us,” said Ambrose, sitting down beside him on the step.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.
She's sitting up nights to corner all the Amalgamated Hard-luck on the island.
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
early 13c., verbal noun from sit (v.). Meaning "a meeting of a body" is from c.1400. Meaning "interval during which one sits" (for some purpose, especially to have one's portrait taken) is from 1706. Sitting-room first recorded 1771. Slang sitting duck "easy target" first recorded 1944; literal sense is from 1867 (it is considered not sporting to shoot at one).
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.
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