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verb sit pronunciation in British English /sɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysit
he/she/itsits
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 at a table/desk/computer: I was sitting at my computer when the phone rang.
    sit in: They were sitting in a café drinking coffee.
    sit together: My friends and I like to sit together in the canteen.
    sit next to someone: I usually sit next to Andrew in history.
    sit side by side: We sat side by side in the back seat.
    sit around: Six of us were sitting around the table talking.
    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?
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    1. a.

      sit

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      sit down

      [intransitive] to lower your body into a sitting position
      He sat right on the cake.
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    2. b.
      [transitive] to put someone into a sitting position
      Joanna sat the child on her lap and read him a story.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be in a particular situation or condition for a period of time
    They sat in silence, unable to look at each other.
    I ended up sitting in traffic for over an hour.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be in a particular place
    The house sits on top of a hill overlooking the countryside.
    The tins 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
    [transitive] British to take an examination
    I’m sitting my French exam tomorrow.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] to be a model for a painter or a photographer
    sit for: She earns money sitting for artists.
  7. 7
    [intransitive] informal to babysit
    sit for: I’m sitting for the Richardsons tomorrow night.

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