- [[t]sɪt[/t]]v. sat, sat, sit•ting1) 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.; pose5) to remain quiet or inactive:Let the matter sit[/ex]6) anb (of a bird) to cover eggs with the body for hatching; brood7) to fit or hang, as a garment8) to occupy an official seat or have an official capacity, as a legislator9) to be convened or in session, as an assembly10) 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 for18) phv sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at19) phv sit on or upona) to inquire into or deliberate over:A coroner's jury sat on the case[/ex]b) to put off for a time; postponec) inf to check; squelch:to sit on nasty rumors[/ex]20) phv sit outa) to stay to the end ofb) 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 in21) phv sit upa) to rise from a supine to a sitting positionb) to sit upright; hold oneself erectc) 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.