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sit

verb  /sɪt/ us  

sit verb (REST)

[I/T] ( present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat  /sæt/) to be in a position with your buttocks on a surface that supports your body, or to cause someone to be in this position: [I] Andrea was sitting on the couch, watching TV. [T] Dad sat her on a chair and told her not to move. Sit still (= sit without moving) while I comb your hair!

sit verb (BE IN A POSITION)

[I] ( present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat  /sæt/) to be or stay in a position or place: That book is still sitting on my shelf unread. The college sits on top of a hill.

sit verb (MEET)

[I] ( present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat  /sæt/) (of a legislature or court) to have an official meeting or series of meetings: The Supreme Court sits from October to June.

sit verb (TAKE CARE)

[I/T] short form of baby-sit
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