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noun British English pronunciation: seat /siːt/ 
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singularseat
pluralseats
  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 a plane, bus etc or as a member of the audience in a theatre, which you pay for in order to use

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

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

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

    The Green Party won four seats in the new parliament.

    seat on:

    a permanent seat on the UN Security Council

  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 of Oxford, that ancient seat of learning.

    1. a.
      a large house in the countryside that belongs to an important family

      The Duke's family seat is at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

  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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