Meaning of “sit” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /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:

Emma was sitting on a stool.
The children sat at the table by the window.
We sat by the river and had a picnic.

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MOVE BODY [ I ] also sit down

A2 to move your body into a sitting position after you have been standing:

She came over and sat beside him.
She sat down on the grass.
sit sb down/at/in, etc

to make someone sit somewhere:

She sat me down and told me the bad news.
I thought we'd sit the children at the end of the table.
STAY [ I ]

to stay in one place for a long time and not be used:

He hardly ever drives the car. It just sits in the garage.

If a court, parliament, etc sits, it has a meeting to do its work:

The board will be sitting next week.

to take a test or exam:

The changes will affect many students sitting their exams this summer.
→ See also sit on the fence

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