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Meaning of “sit” in the English Dictionary

"sit" in British English

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sitverb

uk   us   /sɪt/ (present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat)
  • sit verb (BE SEATED)

A1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (​cause someone to) be in a ​position in which the ​lowerpart of the ​body is ​resting on a ​seat or other ​type of ​support, with the ​upperpart of the ​bodyvertical: 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 ​nicecooldrink. 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 ​legsbent and ​itstail end on the ​ground: We're ​trying to ​trainourdog to sit. [I usually + adv/prep] If a ​bird sits on ​itseggs, it ​covers them with ​itsbody to ​keep them ​warm before they hatch.

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  • sit verb (BE A MEMBER)

[I] to be a ​member of an ​officialgroup: I'm going to be sitting on the ​committee for one more ​year.US All of the ​federaljudgescurrently sitting (= in ​office) in Maryland ​hail from Baltimore.
  • sit verb (EXAM)

B2 [T] 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 (TAKE CARE OF)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​babysit: I'm sitting my sister's ​kids this ​Saturday.
(Definition of sit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sit" in American English

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sitverb

 us   /sɪt/
  • sit verb (REST)

[I/T] (present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat  /sæt/ ) to be in a ​position with ​yourbuttocks on a ​surface that ​supportsyourbody, 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 ​combyourhair!
  • 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 ​officialmeeting or ​series of ​meetings: The ​SupremeCourt sits from ​October to ​June.
  • sit verb (TAKE CARE)

[I/T] short form ofbaby-sit
(Definition of sit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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