sit [sit]
sat, sitting [ME sitten < OE sittan, akin to ON sitja, Ger sitzen < IE base * sed-, to sit > L sedere, Gr hizein, Welsh seddu, to sit]
a) to rest the weight of the body upon the buttocks and the back of the thighs, as on a chair; be seated
b) to rest on the haunches with the forelegs braced: said of quadrupeds
c) to perch or roost: said of birds
2. to cover and warm eggs for hatching; set; brood
a) to occupy a seat in the capacity of judge, legislator, etc.
b) to be in session, as a court or legislature
4. to pose for one's portrait or as a model
5. Chiefly Brit. to take an examination ( for a degree, scholarship, etc.)
6. to be or remain inactive
7. to be located or have a place [a house sitting up on the hill]
8. to fit or hang on the wearer [a coat that sits loosely]
9. to rest or lie as specified [cares sit lightly upon him ]
b) to care for a person or thing as for a short time: usually used in combination [housesit]
11. to have a certain direction; set: said of the wind
1. to place in a seat; cause to sit; seat: often used reflexively [to sit oneself down]
2. to keep one's seat on (a horse, etc.)
3. to have seats or seating space for
1. the time spent in a seated position, esp. while waiting
2. the way a coat, dress, etc. hangs when put on
sit back
1. to relax
2. to remain passive
sit down
1. to lower oneself to a sitting position; take a seat
2. to settle down for or as for a siege
sit in
to take part; participate; attend: often with on
sit on or sit upon
1. to serve as a member of (a jury, committee, etc.)
2. to confer on or investigate
3. Informal to suppress, repress, or squelch
4. Informal to hold (something) back from being considered or acted on
☆ sit on one's hands
1. to fail to applaud
2. to fail to do what is needed or expected
sit out
1. to stay until the end of
2. to stay longer than (another); outsit
3. to remain seated during or take no part in (a dance, game, etc.)
sit up
1. to rise to a sitting position
2. to sit erect
3. to sit solely on the haunches with the forelegs held up in front of the chest: said of animals
4. to put off going to bed
5. Informal to become suddenly alert
sit well with
to be agreeable to

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