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seat

noun uk   /siːt/ us  

seat noun (FURNITURE)

A2 [C] a piece of furniture or part of a train, plane, etc. that has been designed for someone to sit on: Chairs, sofas and benches are different types of seat. Please have/take a seat (= sit down). A car usually has a driver's seat, a front/passenger seat and back/rear seats. My ticket says 22D but there's already someone in (= sitting on) that seat. Is this seat free/taken (= is anyone using it)? Would you keep (= stop anyone else from sitting in) my seat (for me) while I go to the buffet car? formal Please keep your seats (= stay sitting down) until asked to leave. Could I book/reserve two seats (= arrange for them to be officially kept for me) for tomorrow evening's performance?
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seat noun (BOTTOM PART)

[C usually singular] the part of a piece of furniture or clothing on which a person sits: I've spilled some coffee on the seat of the armchair. The seat of those trousers looks rather tight, Sir. Would you like to try a larger size?

seat noun (POSITION)

C2 [C] an official position as a politician or member of a group of people who control something: She has a seat on the board of directors. He is expected to lose his seat on the council in next month's elections. She won her seat in Parliament in 1979. He has a very safe seat (= a position that is very unlikely to be lost in an election). [C] Indian English the place in an office where a particular person sits: I'm sorry - he's not in his seat right now. [C] Indian English a place on a course to study something: On receipt of the tuition fees, the college will issue a letter confirming your seat on the course.

seat noun (BASE)

[C] a place that acts as a base or centre for an important activity: The seat of government in the US is in Washington, DC. St Petersburg was the seat of the Russian Revolution.
seat-of-the-pants
adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌsiːt.əv.ðəˈpænts/ us  
She has a seat-of-the-pants ability to find the best way out of a crisis.

seat

verb uk   /siːt/ us  
[T + adv/prep] to arrange for someone to have a particular seat: The waiter greeted me with a big smile and seated us by the window.seat yourself [usually + adv/prep] to sit somewhere: "I'm so glad to see you!" she said, seating herself between Eleanor and Marianne.C2 [T not continuous] (of a building, room, table, or vehicle) to have enough seats for the stated number of people: The new concert hall seats 1,500 people.
(Definition of seat noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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