Meaning of sit by Wiktionary Dictionary
Explanation of sit by Wordnet Dictionary
- enPR: sĭt, IPA: /sɪt/, X-SAMPA: /sIt/
- Rhymes: -ɪt
- ( intransitive, of a person ) To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and the legs ( especially the upper legs ) are supported by some object .
- ( intransitive, of a person ) To move oneself into such a position .
- ( intransitive, of an object ) To occupy a given position permanently .
- ( government ) To be a member of a deliberative body .
- ( law, government ) Of a legislative or, especially, a judicial body such as a court, to be in session .
- ( intransitive, of an agreement or arrangement ) To be accepted or acceptable; to work .
- ( transitive ) To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to .
- 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, XX
- ( transitive ) To accommodate in seats; to seat .
- ( intransitive ) shortened form of babysit .
- ( transitive, US ) To babysit
- ( transitive, Australian, New Zealand, UK ) ( Of an examination or test ) To take .
- ( be in a position in which the upper body is upright and the legs are supported ): be seated
- ( move oneself into such a position ): be seated, sit down ( from a standing position ), sit up ( from a prone position ), take a seat
- ( of an object: occupy a given position permanently ): be, be found, be situated
- ( be a member of a deliberative body ):
- ( be accepted ): be accepted, be welcomed, be well received
- ( to accommodate in seats ): seat
- its, it's
- 'tis, TIS
Old English sittan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjanan, from *set-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- ( “sit” ). Cognate with German sitzen, Dutch zitten, Swedish sitta; and with Irish suigh, Latin sedeo, Russian сидеть .
Explanation of sit by Wordnet Dictionary
- The White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue
- Sit ( sĭt ), obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.
- Sit, v. i. [imp. Sat ( săt ) ( Sate ( sāt ), archaic ); p. p. Sat ( Sitten ( sĭtt'n ), obs. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.] [OE. sitten, AS. sittan; akin to OS. sittian, OFries. sitta, D. zitten, G. sitzen, OHG. sizzen, Icel. sitja, SW. sitta, Dan. sidde, Goth. sitan, Russ. sidiete, L. sedere, Gr. ἔζεσθαι, Skr. sad. √154. Cf. Assess,Assize, Cathedral, Chair, Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside, Sanhedrim, Séance, Seat, n., Sedate, 4th Sell, Siege, Session, Set, v. t., Sizar, Size, Subsidy.]
1. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals; as, “to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on the ground”.
And he came and took the book put of the right hand of him that sate upon the seat. Bible ( 1551 ) ( Rev. v. 7. )
I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. Shak.
2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.
3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? Num. xxxii. 6.
Like a demigod here sit I in the sky. Shak.
4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as, “a weight or burden sits lightly upon him”.
The calamity sits heavy on us. Jer. Taylor.
5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, “a coat sits well or ill”.
This new and gorgeous garment, majesty,
Sits not so easy on me as you think. Shak.
6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally. [Obs.] Chaucer.
7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not. Jer. xvii. 11.
8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which way soever the wind sits. Selden.
Sits the wind in that quarter? Sir W. Scott.
9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body; as, “to sit in Congress”.
10. To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc.; as, “the court sits in January; the aldermen sit to-night”.
11. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust; as, “to sit to a painter”.
To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] “A farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a great rent”. Bacon. -- To sit at meat or To sit at table, to be at table for eating. -- To sit down. To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, “to sit down when tired”. To begin a siege; as, “the enemy sat down before the town”. To settle; to fix a permanent abode. Spenser. To rest; to cease as satisfied. “Here we can not sit down, but still proceed in our search.” Rogers. -- To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng. Univ.] -- To sit out. To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] Bp. Sanderson. To outstay. to refrain from participating in [an activity such as a dance or hand at cards]; used especially after one has recently participated in an earlier such activity. The one sitting out does not necessarily have to sit during the activity foregone. -- To sit under, to be under the instruction
or ministrations of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good preaching. -- To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as, to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, “to sit up with a sick person”. “He that was dead sat up, and began to speak.” Luke vii. 15.
- Sit v. t.
1. To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon; as, “he sits a horse well”.
Hardly the muse can sit the headstrong horse. Prior.
2. To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to; -- used reflexively.
They sat them down to weep. Milton.
Sit you down, father; rest you. Shak.
3. To suit ( well or ill ); to become. [Obs. or R.]
Definition of sit by GCIDE Dictionary