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Meaning of sit by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • enPR: sĭt, IPA: /sɪt/, X-SAMPA: /sIt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪt


    sit ( third-person singular simple present sits present participle sitting, simple past and past participle sat )

    A painting of a man sitting.
    1. ( 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 .
      After a long day of walking, it was good just to sit and relax .
    2. ( intransitive, of a person ) To move oneself into such a position .
      I asked him to sit .
    3. ( intransitive, of an object ) To occupy a given position permanently .
      The temple has sat atop that hill for centuries .
    4. ( government ) To be a member of a deliberative body .
      I currently sit on a standards committee .
    5. ( law, government ) Of a legislative or, especially, a judicial body such as a court, to be in session .
      In what city is the circuit court sitting for this session .
    6. ( intransitive, of an agreement or arrangement ) To be accepted or acceptable; to work .
      How will this new contract sit with the workers?
      I don’t think it will sit well .
      The violence in these video games sits awkwardly with their stated aim of educating children .
    7. ( transitive ) To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to .
      Sit him in front of the TV and he might watch for hours .
      • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, XX
    8. ( transitive ) To accommodate in seats; to seat .
      The dining room table sits eight comfortably .
    9. ( intransitive ) shortened form of babysit .
      I'm going to sit for them on Thursday .
    10. ( transitive, US ) To babysit
      I need to find someone to sit my kids on Friday evening for four hours .
    11. ( transitive, Australian, New Zealand, UK ) ( Of an examination or test ) To take .




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    sit ( plural: sits )

    1. ( rare, Buddhism ) an event ( usually one full day or more ) where the primary goal is to sit in meditation .

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    1. ^ Entry about past simple sate in Webster's dictionary



    • IST
    • its, it's
    • STI
    • 'tis, TIS

Explanation of sit by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. serve in a specific professional capacity

    2. be seated

    3. show to a seat

    4. sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions

    5. take a seat

    6. be in session

    7. When does the court of law sit?
    8. assume a posture as for artistic purposes

    9. work or act as a baby-sitter

    10. I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do
    11. be located or situated somewhere

    12. The White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue
    13. be around, often idly or without specific purpose

    Definition of sit by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sit ( sĭt ), obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.]