Sit Definition

sat, sits, sitting
sat, sits, sitting
To rest the weight of the body upon the buttocks and the back of the thighs, as on a chair; be seated.
Webster's New World
To rest with the hindquarters lowered onto a supporting surface. Used of animals.
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To rest on the haunches with the forelegs braced.
Webster's New World
To perch or roost.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
The act of sitting.
American Heritage
The time spent in a seated position, esp. while waiting.
Webster's New World
The way a coat, dress, etc. hangs when put on.
Webster's New World
(rare, Buddhism) An event (usually one full day or more) where the primary goal is to sit in meditation.
sit on (one's) hands
  • To fail to act.
American Heritage
sit pretty
  • To be in a very favorable position.
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sit tight
  • To be patient and await the next move.
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sit back
  • to relax
  • to remain passive
Webster's New World
sit down
  • to lower oneself to a sitting position; take a seat
  • to settle down for or as for a siege
Webster's New World

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Origin of Sit

  • From Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjanÄ…, 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sitten from Old English sittan sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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