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English definition of “sit”

sit

verb uk   /sɪt/ (present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat) us  

sit verb (BE SEATED)

A1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause someone to) be in a position in which the lower part of the body is resting on a seat or other type of support, with the upper part of the body vertical: to sit at a table/desk to sit in an armchair to sit on a chair/a horse/the ground He came and sat (down) next to me.informal Sit yourself down and have a cup of tea. The child's father sat her (down) on a chair. [I usually + adv/prep] to be a model for a painter, photographer, etc.: Monet's wife sat for him many times. [I] (of an animal such as a dog) to move into a position with its back legs bent and its tail end on the ground: We're trying to train our dog to sit. [I usually + adv/prep] If a bird sits on its eggs, it covers them with its body to keep them warm before they hatch.

sit verb (POSITION)

[I usually + adv/prep] to stay in one place for a long time and not be used: The encyclopedia sits on my shelf at home, gathering dust. [I usually + adv/prep] to be in a particular position: The village sits at/in the bottom of a valley. [I usually + adv/prep] (of clothes) to fit someone in a particular way: That coat sits very well on you.

sit verb (MEET)

[I] to hold an official meeting of a parliament, court, etc.: The court will sit tomorrow morning. As an MP, I see much less of my family when Parliament is sitting.

sit verb (BE A MEMBER)

[I] to be a member of an official group: I'm going to be sitting on the committee for one more year. Our member of Congress has sat for (= represented) this town for years.US All of the federal judges currently sitting (= in office) in Maryland hail from Baltimore.

sit verb (EXAM)

B2 [T] mainly UK to take an exam: After I've sat my exams, I'm going on holiday.Australian English I sat for my exams today.

sit verb (LOOK AFTER)

[I usually + adv/prep] to babysit
(Definition of sit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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