Definition of "sit" []

  • To rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rest with the hindquarters lowered onto a supporting surface. Used of animals. (verb-intransitive)
  • To perch. Used of birds. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cover eggs for hatching; brood. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be situated or located: a house that sits on a hill. (verb-intransitive)
  • To adopt or rest in a posture in which the body is supported on the buttocks and thighs and the torso is more or less upright (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause to adopt such a posture (verb)
  • (of an animal) to adopt or rest in a posture with the hindquarters lowered to the ground (verb)
  • (of a bird) to perch or roost (verb)
  • (of a hen or other bird) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood (verb)
  • To be situated or located (verb)
  • (of the wind) to blow from the direction specified (verb)
  • To adopt and maintain a posture for one's portrait to be painted, etc (verb)
  • To occupy or be entitled to a seat in some official capacity, as a judge, elected representative, etc (verb)
  • (of a deliberative body) to be convened or in session (verb)
  • To remain inactive or unused (verb)
  • To rest or lie as specified (verb)
  • (of a garment) to fit or hang as specified (verb)
  • To weigh, rest, or lie as specified (verb)
  • To take (an examination) (verb)
  • To be a candidate (for a qualification) (verb)
  • To look after a specified person or thing for someone else (verb)
  • To have seating capacity for (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sit" in a sentence
  • "In another summer I shall not sit so high, nor, indeed, _sit_ anywhere, but take instead the easiest and laziest of all positions."
  • "Upon that same plain, Ludwig Halberger and his people are accustomed to see others than wild horses -- some with men upon their backs, who sit them as firmly as riders in the ring; that is, when they do _sit_ them, which is not always."
  • "The tendency to "sit" is a sex-distinction of the hen: the tendency to strut is a sex-distinction of the cock."