sit - definition and synonyms


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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 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?

    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

    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.

    1. a.
  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.

  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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