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noun     seat pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] something you can sit on

    Some of the vans have leather seats.

    The seat next to me was empty.

    He was in the back seat of the car when the accident happened.

    1. a.
      [countable] [usually singular] the part of a chair that you sit on

      The broken seat of the chair was replaced.

  2. 2
    [countable] a seat as a passenger on an airplane, bus, etc. or as a member of the audience in a theater, which you pay for in order to use

    I managed to get us the best seats in the theater.

    We tried to get on the Friday flight, but there were no seats left.

  3. 3
    [countable] a position as a member of a legislature, committee, court, etc.
    seat in:

    How many seats in Congress did the Democrats win?

    seat on:

    a seat on the New York Stock Exchange

  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] the place where an organization has its main building, or where an important activity happens
    seat of:

    The Hague is the seat of the Dutch Government.

    She spoke at Oxford, that ancient seat of learning.

  5. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your bottom

    Sandy stood up and dusted off the seat of his shorts.

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  6. 6
    [singular] the position in which someone sits on a horse
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