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verb seat pronunciation in British English /siːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleseating
past tenseseated
past participleseated
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to put someone or yourself in a seat somewhere
    seat someone in/next to/behind etc someone/something: He seated himself behind his desk.
    The general seated them to his right.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to have places for a particular number of people to sit
    The new stadium will seat up to 80,000 people.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to provide someone with a position as a member of a parliament, committee etc
    The state’s youngest delegate to the convention was seated today.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to fit one part of something firmly into another
    The gasket failed to seat properly.


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