- 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.
intransitive verbsat, sitting
- 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 of sitMiddle 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
- 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 hands☆
- 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
verbsat sat , sit·ting, sits
- 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 of sitMiddle English sitten, from Old English sittan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sits, present participle sitting, simple past sat, past participle sitten (archaic, dialectal) or sat)
- (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.
- (intransitive, of a person) To move oneself into such a position.
- I asked him to sit.
- (intransitive, of an object) To occupy a given position permanently.
- The temple has sat atop that hill for centuries.
- To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
- (government) To be a member of a deliberative body.
- I currently sit on a standards committee.
- (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.
- To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh.
- To be adjusted; to fit.
- Your new coat sits well.
- (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.
- 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
- To accommodate in seats; to seat.
- The dining room table sits eight comfortably.
- (intransitive) shortened form of babysit.
- I'm going to sit for them on Thursday.
- (US) To babysit
- I need to find someone to sit my kids on Friday evening for four hours.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) To take, to undergo or complete (an examination or test).
- To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
- To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of oneself made, such as a picture or a bust.
- I'm sitting for a painter this evening.
- To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
- (rare, Buddhism) an event (usually one full day or more) where the primary goal is to sit in meditation.
From Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjaną, from *set-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (“sit”). Cognate with West Frisian sitte, Low German sitten, Dutch zitten, German sitzen, Swedish sitta; and with Irish suigh, Latin sedeo, Russian сидеть (sidetʹ).