v. sat, sat, sit•ting
1) to rest with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs; be seated (often fol. by down)
2) to be located or situated:
The house sits on a cliff[/ex]
3) to rest or lie (usu. fol. by on or upon):
An aura of greatness sits upon her[/ex]
4) to place oneself in position for an artist, photographer, etc.; pose
5) to remain quiet or inactive:
Let the matter sit[/ex]
6) anb (of a bird) to cover eggs with the body for hatching; brood
7) to fit or hang, as a garment
8) to occupy an official seat or have an official capacity, as a legislator
9) to be convened or in session, as an assembly
10) cvs to take care of something or someone like a baby-sitter (usu. used in combination):
to plant-sit for the neighbors[/ex]
11) mer to blow from the indicated direction:
a wind sitting in the west[/ex]
12) to be accepted or considered in the way indicated:
His answer didn't sit right with us[/ex]
13) inf to be acceptable to the stomach:
My breakfast didn't sit too well[/ex]
14) to cause to sit; seat (often fol. by down):
Sit yourself down[/ex]
15) to sit astride or keep one's seat on (a horse or other animal)
16) to provide seating accommodations or room for; seat:
Our table only sits six people[/ex]
17) cvb inf to baby-sit for
18) phv sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at
19) phv sit on or upon
a) to inquire into or deliberate over:
A coroner's jury sat on the case[/ex]
b) to put off for a time; postpone
c) inf to check; squelch:
to sit on nasty rumors[/ex]
20) phv sit out
a) to stay to the end of
b) to stay, wait, or endure longer than:
to sit out one's rivals[/ex]
c) to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in
21) phv sit up
a) to rise from a supine to a sitting position
b) to sit upright; hold oneself erect
c) to be awake and active during one's usual sleep time:
to sit up all night playing solitaire[/ex]
d) to become interested; take notice
Etymology: bef. 900; ME sitten, OE sittan, c. OFris sitta, OHG sizzan, ON sitja; akin to Go sitan, L sedēre, Gk hézesthai usage: See set

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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