- To sit is defined as for a person to rest the weight of their body on their rear end or the back of their thighs or for something to be located somewhere.
- An example of to sit is to place ones self in a chair.
- An example of to sit is for a house to rest upon a hill.
A man sits on a fence.
sit definition by Webster's New World
- to rest the weight of the body upon the buttocks and the back of the thighs, as on a chair; be seated
- to rest on the haunches with the forelegs braced: said of quadrupeds
- to perch or roost: said of birds
- to cover and warm eggs for hatching; set; brood
- to occupy a seat in the capacity of judge, legislator, etc.
- to be in session, as a court or legislature
- to pose for one's portrait or as a model
- Chiefly Brit. to take an examination (for a degree, scholarship, etc.)
- to be or remain inactive
- to be located or have a place: a house sitting up on the hill
- to fit or hang on the wearer: a coat that sits loosely
- to rest or lie as specified: cares sit lightly upon him
- to care for a person or thing as for a short time: usually used in combination: housesit
- to have a certain direction; set: said of the wind
Origin: Middle English sitten ; from Old English sittan, akin to Old Norse sitja, German sitzen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sed-, to sit from source Classical Latin sedere, Classical Greek hizein, Welsh seddu, to sit
- to place in a seat; cause to sit; seat: often used reflexively: to sit oneself down
- to keep one's seat on (a horse, etc.)
- to have seats or seating space for
- ☆ baby-sit
- the time spent in a seated position, esp. while waiting
- the way a coat, dress, etc. hangs when put on
sit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sat sat , sit·ting, sits verb, intransitive
- 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.
- To cover eggs for hatching; brood.
- To be situated or located: a house that sits on a hill.
- To lie or rest: Dishes were sitting on a shelf. See Usage Note at set1.
- 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.
- To remain inactive or unused: Her expensive skis sat gathering dust.
- To affect one with or as if with a burden; weigh: Official duties sat heavily upon the governor.
- To fit, fall, or drape in a specified manner: The jacket sits perfectly on you.
- To be agreeable to one; please: The idea didn't sit well with any of us.
- Chiefly British To take an examination, as for a degree.
- To blow from a particular direction. Used of the wind.
- To keep watch or take care of a child.
- To cause to sit; seat: Sit yourself over there.
- To keep one's seat on (an animal): She sits her horse well.
- To sit on (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
- To provide seating accommodation for: a theater that sits 1,000 people.
- a. The act of sitting.b. A period of time spent sitting.
- The way in which an article of clothing, such as a dress or jacket, fits.
Origin: Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
sit - Computer Definition
sit - Phrases/Idioms
- to relax
- to remain passive
- to lower oneself to a sitting position; take a seat
- to settle down for or as for a siege
sit onor sit upon
- to serve as a member of (a jury, committee, etc.)
- to confer on or investigate
- Informal to suppress, repress, or squelch
- Informal to hold (something) back from being considered or acted on
sit on one's handsâ
- to fail to applaud
- to fail to do what is needed or expected
- to stay until the end of
- to stay longer than (another); outsit
- to remain seated during or take no part in (a dance, game, etc.)
- to rise to a sitting position
- to sit erect
- to sit solely on the haunches with the forelegs held up in front of the chest: said of animals
- to put off going to bed
- Informal to become suddenly alert
sit well with
sit on (one's) hands