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verb     sit pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesitting
past tensesat
past participlesat
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be in a position in which the lower part of your body rests on a seat or on the ground, while the upper part of your body is upright
    sit on a chair/bench/stool:

    Matt sat on a park bench, eating his lunch.

    sit in:

    They were sitting in a café drinking coffee.

    sit at a table/desk/computer:

    I was sitting at my computer when the phone rang.

    sit next to someone:

    I usually sit next to Andrew in history class.

    sit together:

    My friends and I like to sit together in the cafeteria.

    sit around:

    Six of us were sitting around the table talking.

    sit side by side:

    We sat side by side in the back seat.

    sit still:

    Sit still (=without moving) while I brush your hair, Lucy.

    just sit there (=not do anything):

    Are you going to just sit there, or are you going to help me?

    1. a.



      sit down

      [intransitive] to lower your body into a sitting position

      He sat right on the cake.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to put someone into a sitting position

      Joanna sat the child on her lap and read him a story.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be in a particular situation or condition for a period of time

    I ended up sitting in traffic for over an hour.

    They sat in silence, unable to look at each other.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be in a particular place

    The house sits on top of a hill overlooking the countryside.

    The cans looked as though they had been sitting on the shelf for months.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to be a member of a committee or other official group

    She sits on the boards of several large companies.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to be a model for a painter or a photographer
    sit for:

    She earns money sitting for artists.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] informal to babysit
    sit for:

    I’m sitting for the Richardsons tomorrow night.

  7. 7
    [transitive] British to take an examination

    I’m sitting my French exam tomorrow.

  8. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to sit on your hands to not take actionSubmitted from United Kingdom on 05/10/2016
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