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sit  (st)
v. sat (st), sit·ting, sits
v.intr.
1. To rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks.
2.
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.
7.
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.
v.tr.
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.
n.
1.
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.
Idioms:
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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