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sit  (st)
v. sat (st), sit·ting, sits
1. To rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks.
a. To rest with the hindquarters lowered onto a supporting surface. Used of animals.
b. To perch. Used of birds.
3. To cover eggs for hatching; brood.
4. To be situated or located: a house that sits on a hill.
5. To lie or rest: Dishes were sitting on a shelf. See Usage Note at set1.
6. To pose for an artist or photographer.
a. To occupy a seat as a member of a body of officials: sit in Congress.
b. To be in session.
8. To remain inactive or unused: Her expensive skis sat gathering dust.
9. To affect one with or as if with a burden; weigh: Official duties sat heavily upon the governor.
10. To fit, fall, or drape in a specified manner: The jacket sits perfectly on you.
11. To be agreeable to one; please: The idea didnt sit well with any of us.
12. Chiefly British To take an examination, as for a degree.
13. To blow from a particular direction. Used of the wind.
14. To keep watch or take care of a child.
1. To cause to sit; seat: Sit yourself over there.
2. To keep ones seat on (an animal): She sits her horse well.
3. To sit on (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
4. To provide seating accommodation for: a theater that sits 1,000 people.
a. The act of sitting.
b. A period of time spent sitting.
2. The way in which an article of clothing, such as a dress or jacket, fits.
Phrasal Verbs:
sit down
To take a seat.
sit in
1. To be present or participate as a visitor at a discussion or music session.
2. To act as a substitute: She sat in for the vacationing news anchor.
3. To take part in a sit-in.
sit on/upon Informal
1. To confer about.
2. To suppress or repress: sat on the evidence.
3. To postpone action or resolution regarding.
4. Slang To rebuke sharply; reprimand.
sit out
1. To stay until the end of.
2. To refrain from taking part in: sit out a dance.
sit up
1. To rise from lying down to a sitting position.
2. To sit with the spine erect.
3. To stay up later than the customary bedtime.
4. To become suddenly alert: The students sat up when he mentioned the test.
sit on (ones) hands
To fail to act.
sit pretty Informal
To be in a very favorable position.
sit tight Informal
To be patient and await the next move.

[Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

sit  /st/  v. sat /st/, sitting, sits 1 [I] to bend ones knees and rest on ones buttocks: He sat on a chair. 2 [I] to be located: The skiers hotel sits in a valley.||A computer sat on the desk. 3 [I] to pose: to sit for a painting or photograph 4 [I] short for to babysit: I sit for my little brother every Saturday night. 5 [I] to be happening, in session: The Congress is sitting. 6 to be sitting pretty: to be in a good position: Since he married the rich woman, he is sitting pretty. 7 to just sit there: to do nothing, to not act: Dont just sit there; help me move the table! 8 phrasal v. [I] to sit around s.t.: to be lazy, to not do much: The workmen are sitting around with nothing to do. 9 phrasal v. [I] to sit back: to wait in a comfortable position: I sat back and enjoyed the movie. 10 to sit down: to seat oneself: I sat down on a bench in the park. 11 phrasal v. insep. [I] to sit in for or on: a. for: to substitute for: She is sitting in for the boss. b. on: to attend, be there: I sat in on the professors lecture. 12 to sit on ones hands: to not act, (syn.) to stall: The secretary asked her boss for a decision, but the boss sat on his hands for months. 13 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to sit (s.t.) out: to not participate: His ankle hurt, so he sat the game out. 14 to sit through: to stay during (often not wanting to): We sat through the long, boring opera. 15 to sit tight: to be patient: Ill have the information for you tomorrow; just sit tight. 16 phrasal v. [I] to sit up: a. to raise oneself up: The patient sat up in bed; he feels better. b. to wait for s.o.: His mother was angry he was late; she sat up until 12:00. 17 to sit up and take notice: to see and be affected: He played a good game of tennis, and his friends sat up and took notice. 18 to sit well with: to feel good or be agreeable to s.o.: The plan to move to the city does not sit well with him. sit

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