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This page has 47 definitions of sit with English translations in 11 languages. Sit is a verb, noun, pronoun, romanization, an adverb and adjective. Examples of how to use sit in a sentence are shown. Also define these 59 related words and terms: copular verb, buttocks, government, deliberative, law, session, work, causative, cause, seat, sitting, posture, furnish, transitive, intransitive, babysit, endure, put up with, mining, subsidence, roof, coal mine, Buddhism, event, day, goal, meditation, situation, sit, op, binne, in, sit down, place, put, deposit, bunting, Emberiza, his, her, its, 𐍃𐌹𐍄, here, sum, Tobit, sist, lai, sitja, sitje, sitta, sitte, rush, Juncus, sito, sated, full, tooth, remnant, and shit.

See also: SIT, Sit, sít, šit, -sít, -šit, síť, šít, and шит

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan, from Proto-West Germanic *sittjan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (sit).

Verb

sit (third-person singular simple present sits, present participle sitting, simple past sat or (dated, poetic) sate, past participle sat or (archaic, dialectal) sitten)

A painting of a man sitting.
  1. (intransitive, copulative, of a person) To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and supported by the buttocks.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      He is so fair, without lease, he seems full well to sit on this.
    • 1593, Michael Drayton, “The Eighth Eglog”, in Idea the Shepheards Garland, [], London: [] [T. Orwin] for Thomas Woodcocke, [], OCLC 1049092723; republished as J[ohn] P[ayne] C[ollier], editor, Idea the Shepheards Garland, [London: Privately printed], 1870, OCLC 1230869372, page 64:
      This were as good as curds for our Jone, / When at a night we ſitten by the fire.
    After a long day of walking, it was good just to sit and relax.
    Jim's pet parrot sat on his left shoulder.
  2. (intransitive, of a person) To move oneself into such a position.
    I asked him to sit.
  3. (intransitive, of an object) To occupy a given position permanently.
    The temple has sat atop that hill for centuries.
  4. (intransitive, copulative) To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest in any position or condition.
  5. (government) To be a member of a deliberative body.
    I currently sit on a standards committee.
  6. (law, government) Of a legislative or, especially, a judicial body such as a court, to be in session.
    In what city is the circuit court sitting for this session.
    • Session definition
      A period devoted to a particular activity, e.g. the annual or semiannual periods of a legislative body (that together comprise the legislative term) whose individual meetings are also called sessions. (1 of 8 session definitions)
  7. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
      The calamity sits heavy on us.
  8. To be adjusted; to fit.
    Your new coat sits well.
  9. (intransitive, of an agreement or arrangement) To be accepted or acceptable; to work.
    How will this new contract sit with the workers?
    I don’t think it will sit well.
    The violence in these video games sits awkwardly with their stated aim of educating children.
  10. (transitive, causative) To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish a seat to.
    Sit him in front of the TV and he might watch for hours.
  11. (transitive) To accommodate in seats; to seat.
    The dining room table sits eight comfortably.
  12. (US, transitive, intransitive) To babysit.
    I'm going to sit for them on Thursday.
    I need to find someone to sit my kids on Friday evening for four hours.
    • 1980, Stephen King, The Mist
      I saw [] Mrs. Turman, who sometimes sat Billy when Steff and I went out []
  13. (transitive, Australia, New Zealand, Britain) To take, to undergo or complete (an examination or test).
  14. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood; to incubate.
  15. To take a position for the purpose of having some artistic representation of oneself made, such as a picture or a bust.
    I'm sitting for a painter this evening.
  16. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a relative position; to have direction.
  17. (obsolete, transitive) To keep one's seat when faced with (a blow, attack); to endure, to put up with. [13th–19th c.]
    • 1790, Amelia Opie, Dangers of Coquetry, vol. I, ch. 5:
      Louisa, who [] had but ill born the commencement of this conversation, could sit it no longer, and hastily throwing up the sash, complained of the intense heat of the room.
Conjugation
Quotations
Synonyms
  • (be in a position in which the upper body is upright and the legs are supported): be seated
  • (move oneself into such a position): be seated, sit down (from a standing position), sit up (from a prone position), take a seat
  • (of an object: occupy a given position permanently): be, be found, be situated
  • (be a member of a deliberative body):
  • (be accepted): be accepted, be welcomed, be well received
  • (to accommodate in seats): seat
Derived terms
Translations
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See also

Noun

sit (plural sits)

  1. (mining) Subsidence of the roof of a coal mine.
    • Coal Mine definition
      A mine from which coal ore or coal minerals are mined.
  2. (rare, Buddhism) An event, usually lasting one full day or more, where the primary goal is to sit in meditation.
    • Buddhism definition
      The religion or philosophy derived from the teachings of Gautama Buddha.
Translations

Etymology 2

Noun

sit (plural sits)

  1. (informal) Short for situation.
    • 2012, Gail Shisler, For Country and Corps: The Life of General Oliver P. Smith:
      The increasing scope of the disaster was relayed in short, terse sentences whose brevity does not conceal the unfolding nightmare. [] In mid-afternoon at 1600: “Sit is getting worse; need help badly,” “have considerable number of wounded that are unable to evacuate.”
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Afrikaans

Etymology

Formally from Dutch zitten (to sit), from Frankish *sittjan, from Proto-Germanic *sitjaną. Semantically from a merger of the former and related Dutch zetten (to set, put), from Proto-Germanic *satjaną, whence also Afrikaans set (chiefly in compounds). Both Germanic verbs are eventually from Proto-Indo-European *sed-.

Pronunciation

Verb

sit (present sit, present participle sittende, past participle gesit)

  1. (intransitive) to sit; to be in a sitting position (usually used with op, binne or in)
    Sy sit en sein vir haar dogtertjie.
    She is sitting and gesturing to her young daughter.
    • Sit definition
      To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and supported by the buttocks. (1 of 18 sit definitions)
    • Binne definition
      in, inside
    • In definition
      Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits.
      1. Contained by. (1 of 25 in definitions)
  2. (intransitive) to sit; to sit down to move into a sitting position
    Sit asseblief.
    Please sit down.
    • Sit Down definition
      To assume a sitting position from a standing position. (1 of 4 sit down definitions)
  3. (transitive) to place, to put
    Ek sit jou sleutels op die tafel.
    I am putting your keys on the table.
  4. (transitive) to deposit
    Ek gaan al my geld in die bank sit.
    I am going to deposit all my money in the bank.
    • Deposit definition
      Sediment or rock that is not native to its present location or is different from the surrounding material. Sometimes refers to ore or gems. (1 of 7 deposit definitions)

Usage notes

  • Sit and its derivatives are usually more commonly used than plaas for their overlapping senses, but are sometimes considered less formal than plaas, especially in formal writing.

Synonyms

  • (to deposit): deponeer, plaas
  • (to place): neersit, plaas

Derived terms

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Catalan

Etymology

Onomatopoeic

Pronunciation

Noun

sit m (plural sits)

  1. bunting (bird of the genus Emberiza)

Derived terms

  • sita golanegre

Further reading



Danish

Pronoun

sit n (common sin, plural sine)

  1. (reflexive possessive) third-person sg pronoun, meaning his/her/its (own)
    • Her definition
      Belonging to her (belonging to that female, or in poetic or old-fashioned language that ship, city, season, etc).
    • Its definition
      Belonging to it.

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Gothic

Romanization

sit

  1. Romanization of 𐍃𐌹𐍄
    • 𐍃𐌹𐍄 definition
      second-person singular present active imperative form of 𐍃𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽.

Karelian

Etymology

Related to Veps sid'.

Adverb

sit

  1. here

Latin

Pronunciation

Verb

sit

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of sum (be)
    • 4th century, St Jerome, Vulgate, Tobit 3:23
      Sit nomen tuum Deus Israhel benedictum in saecula. (Be thy name, O God of Israel, blessed for ever.)

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Latvian

Verb

sit

  1. 2nd person singular present indicative form of sist
  2. 3rd person singular present indicative form of sist
  3. 3rd person plural present indicative form of sist
  4. 2nd person singular imperative form of sist
  5. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of sist
    • Lai definition
      A mostly North European medieval form of lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets that often deals with tales of adventure and romance., with stanzas that do not repeat.
  6. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of sist

Norwegian Nynorsk

Verb

sit

  1. present tense of sitja, sitje, sitta and sitte
    • Sitje definition
      alternative form of sitja
    • Sitte definition
      partitive plural of sita
  2. imperative of sitja and sitje

Polish

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *sitъ.

Noun

sit m inan

  1. Any rush of the genus Juncus.
Declension

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Noun

sit n

  1. genitive plural of sito
    • Sito definition
      student

Further reading

  • sit in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *sytъ (satiated, full).

Adjective

sȉt (definite sȉtī, comparative sitiji, Cyrillic spelling си̏т)

  1. sated, full
Declension

Antonyms

Etymology 2

From Proto-Slavic *sitъ.

Alternative forms

Noun

sȋt m (Cyrillic spelling си̑т)

  1. rush (genus Juncus)

Declension

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Slovene

Etymology 1

From Proto-Slavic *sytъ.

Pronunciation

Adjective

sȉt (comparative bȍlj sȉt, superlative nȁjbolj sȉt)

  1. sated, full

Etymology 2

From Proto-Slavic *sitъ.

Alternative forms

Noun

sȋt m inan

  1. rush (genus Juncus)

Further reading

  • sit”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

Southern Ohlone

Noun

sit

  1. tooth

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English shit.

Noun

sit

  1. remnant

Veps

Etymology

Related to Finnish sitta.

Noun

sit

  1. shit