Meaning of “sit down” in the English Dictionary

"sit down" in English

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sit down

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

to move your body so that the lower part of it is resting on a seat or on the ground:

I sat down on the sofa next to Barbara.

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sit-downadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈsɪt.daʊn/ us /ˈsɪt.daʊn/

sit-downnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌsɪtˈdaʊn/ us /ˌsɪtˈdaʊn/

(Definition of “sit down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sit down" in American English

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sit down

phrasal verb with sit us /sɪt/ verb

to move from a standing position to a sitting position:

They sat down on a park bench.
She slipped on the ice and sat down with a thump.

(Definition of “sit down” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sit-down" in Business English

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sit-downnoun [ C ]

uk us also sit-down strike, sit-down protest HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT

a strike in which employees refuse to work or to leave their office, factory, etc. until employers agree to discuss their demands:

The six-day sit-down was a response by auto workers to the proposed closure of the plant.
hold/stage a sit-down

(Definition of “sit-down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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