Translation of "sit" - English-Spanish dictionary


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

A1 to be in a position with the weight of your body on your bottom and the top part of your body up, for example, on a chair

estar sentado
Emma was sitting on a stool.
The children sat at the table by the window.

A2 also sit down to move your body into a sitting position after you have been standing

She sat down on the grass.

UK to take an exam

presentarse a
After I’ve sat my exams, I’m going on holiday.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Translation of “sit” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /sit/ (present participle sitting, past tense, past participle sat /sӕt/)

to (cause to) rest on the buttocks; to (cause to) be seated

He likes sitting on the floor
They sat me in the chair and started asking questions.

to lie or rest; to have a certain position

estar, encontrarse
The parcel is sitting on the table.

(with on) to be an official member of (a board, committee etc)

ser miembro (de), formar parte (de)
He sat on several committees.

(of birds) to perch

An owl was sitting in the tree by the window.

to undergo (an examination)

presentarse (a)
Beth sits her geography exam today.

to take up a position, or act as a model, in order to have one’s picture painted or one’s photograph taken

She is sitting for a portrait/photograph.

(of a committee, parliament etc) to be in session

Parliament sits from now until Christmas.
sitter noun

a person who poses for a portrait etc.


a baby-sitter.

sitting noun

a period of continuous action, meeting etc

I read the whole book at one sitting
The committee were prepared for a lengthy sitting.
sitcom noun

a funny television or radio series about a group of characters who become involved in different situation in each programme/program.

Serie de Comedia
sit-in noun

an occupation of a building etc by protesters

manifestación, huelga
The students staged a sit-in.
sitting room noun

a room used mainly for sitting in.

sala de estar, salón
sitting target noun ( sitting duck)

someone or something that is in an obvious position to be attacked

blanco fácil
If they’re reducing staff, he’s a sitting target.
sit-up noun

an exercise for strengthening the stomach muscles in which you lie on your back, raise the top part of the body to a sitting position, and then lie back down again

Strong stomach muscles gained through sit-ups give good core strength and are essential for all sports.
sit back phrasal verb

to rest and take no part in an activity

cruzarse de brazos
He just sat back and let it all happen.
sit down phrasal verb

to (cause to) take a seat, take a sitting position

Let’s sit down over here
He sat the child down on the floor.
sit out phrasal verb

to remain seated during a dance

no bailar
Let’s sit (this one) out.

to remain inactive and wait until the end of

aguantar (hasta el final)
They’ll try to sit out the crisis.
sit tight

to keep the same position or be unwilling to move or act

mantenerse en sus trece, quedarse en un sitio
The best thing to do is to sit tight and see if things improve.
sit up phrasal verb

to rise to a sitting position

incorporarse (en la cama), ponerse derecho
Can the patient sit up?

to remain awake, not going to bed

quedarse levantado, no acostarse
I sat up until 3 a.m. waiting for you!

(Translation of “sit” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)