American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks.
- v. To rest with the hindquarters lowered onto a supporting surface. Used of animals.
- v. To perch. Used of birds.
- v. To cover eggs for hatching; brood.
- v. To be situated or located: a house that sits on a hill.
- v. To lie or rest: Dishes were sitting on a shelf. See Usage Note at set1.
- v. To pose for an artist or photographer.
- v. To occupy a seat as a member of a body of officials: sit in Congress.
- v. To be in session.
- v. To remain inactive or unused: Her expensive skis sat gathering dust.
- v. To affect one with or as if with a burden; weigh: Official duties sat heavily upon the governor.
- v. To fit, fall, or drape in a specified manner: The jacket sits perfectly on you.
- v. To be agreeable to one; please: The idea didn't sit well with any of us.
- v. Chiefly British To take an examination, as for a degree.
- v. To blow from a particular direction. Used of the wind.
- v. To keep watch or take care of a child.
- v. To cause to sit; seat: Sit yourself over there.
- v. To keep one's seat on (an animal): She sits her horse well.
- v. To sit on (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
- v. To provide seating accommodation for: a theater that sits 1,000 people.
- n. The act of sitting.
- n. A period of time spent sitting.
- n. The way in which an article of clothing, such as a dress or jacket, fits.
- sit down To take a seat.
- sit in To be present or participate as a visitor at a discussion or music session.
- sit in To act as a substitute: She sat in for the vacationing news anchor.
- sit in To take part in a sit-in.
- on Informal To confer about.
- on Informal To suppress or repress: sat on the evidence.
- on Informal To postpone action or resolution regarding.
- on Slang Informal To rebuke sharply; reprimand.
- sit out To stay until the end of.
- sit out To refrain from taking part in: sit out a dance.
- sit up To rise from lying down to a sitting position.
- sit up To sit with the spine erect.
- sit up To stay up later than the customary bedtime.
- sit up To become suddenly alert: The students sat up when he mentioned the test.
- idiom. sit on (one's) hands To fail to act.
- idiom. sit pretty Informal To be in a very favorable position.
- idiom. sit tight Informal To be patient and await the next move.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take or have such a posture that the back is comparatively erect, while the rest of the body bends at the hips and generally at the knees, to conform to a support beneath; rest in such a posture; occupy a seat: said of persons, and also of some animals, as dogs and cats.
- To crouch, as a bird on a nest; hence, to brood; incubate.
- To perch in a crouching posture; roost: said of birds.
- To be or continue in a state of rest; remain passive or inactive; repose.
- To continue in a position or place; remain; stay; pass the time.
- To be located; have a seat or site; be placed; dwell; abide.
- To have a certain position or direction; be disposed in a particular way.
- To rest, lie, or bear (on); weigh; be carried or endured.
- To be worn or adjusted; fit, as a garment; hence used figuratively of anything assumed, as an air, appearance, opinion, or habit.
- To be incumbent; lie or rest, as an obligation; be proper or seemly; suit; comport.
- To abide; be confirmed; prosper.
- To place one's self in position or in readiness for a certain end: as, to sit for one's portrait; to sit for an examination, or for a fellowship in a university.
- To be convened, as an assembly; hold a session; be officially engaged in deliberative or judicial business.
- To occupy a seat in an official capacity; be in any assembly as a member; have a seat, as in Parliament; occupy a see (as bishop).
- To crack off and subside without breaking, as a mass of coal after holing and removal of the sprags.
- To establish one's self; settle.
- Milit., to encamp, especially for the purpose of besieging; begin a siege.
- To cease from action; pause; rest.
- To yield passively; submit as if satisfied; content one's self.
- To adhere firmly to anything.
- To quash; check; repress, especially by a snub.
- To maintain a sitting posture; sit with the back comparatively erect; not to be bedridden.
- To refrain from or defer going to bed or to sleep.
- Hence— To keep watch during the night or the usual time for sleeping: generally followed by with.
- To have or keep a seat upon.
- To seat: chiefly in reflexive use.
- To rest or weigh on; concern; interest; affect; stand (in expense); cost.
- To be incumbent upon; lie or rest upon; be proper for; suit; become; befit.
- To fit, as a garment.
- n. A subsidence or fall of the roof of a coal-mine.
- v. 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.
- v. intransitive, of a person To move oneself into such a position.
- v. intransitive, of an object To occupy a given position permanently.
- v. government To be a member of a deliberative body.
- v. law, government Of a legislative or, especially, a judicial body such as a court, to be in session.
- v. intransitive, of an agreement or arrangement To be accepted or acceptable; to work.
- v. transitive To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to.
- v. transitive To accommodate in seats; to seat.
- v. intransitive shortened form of babysit.
- v. transitive, US To babysit
- v. transitive, Australia, New Zealand, UK (Of an examination or test) To take.
- n. rare, Buddhism an event (usually one full day or more) where the primary goal is to sit in meditation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of sit, for
- v. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes of other animals.
- v. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a branch, pole, etc.
- v. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
- v. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with
- v. To be adjusted; to fit.
- v. obsolete To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit; -- used impersonally.
- v. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
- v. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
- v. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body.
- v. To hold a session; to be in session for official business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts, etc..
- v. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture or a bust.
- v. To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon.
- v. To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to; -- used reflexively.
- v. Obs. or R. To suit (well or ill); to become.
- v. be located or situated somewhere
- v. sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
- v. work or act as a baby-sitter
- v. assume a posture as for artistic purposes
- v. show to a seat; assign a seat for
- v. take a seat
- v. be seated
- v. be around, often idly or without specific purpose
- v. be in session
- v. serve in a specific professional capacity
- From Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjanan, 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In another summer I shall not sit so high, nor, indeed, _sit_ anywhere, but take instead the easiest and laziest of all positions.”
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