Definitions for: Sit

[v] be seated
[v] show to a seat; assign a seat for; "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith"
[v] sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions; "She never sat a horse!"; "Did you ever ride a camel?"; "The girl liked to drive the young mare"
[v] take a seat
[v] be in session, as of courts of law, for example
[v] as for artistic purposes; "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"
[v] work or act as a baby-sitter; "I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do"
[v] sit around, often unused; "The object sat in the corner"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sit,
obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Sit, for sitteth.

Sit, v. i. [imp. Sat(Sate, archaic); p. p. Sat
(Sitten, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sitting.] [OE. sitten,
AS. sittan; akin to OS. sittian, OFries. sitta, D. zitten, G.
sitzen, OHG. sizzen, Icel. sitja, SW. sitta, Dan. sidde,
Goth. sitan, Russ. sidiete, L. sedere, Gr. ???, Skr. sad.
[root]154. Cf. Assess,Assize, Cathedral, Chair,
Dissident, Excise, Insidious, Possess, Reside,
Sanhedrim, Seance, Seat, n., Sedate, 4th Sell,
Siege, Session, Set, v. t., Sizar, Size,
1. To rest upon the haunches, or the lower extremity of the
trunk of the body; -- said of human beings, and sometimes
of other animals; as, to sit on a sofa, on a chair, or on
the ground.

And he came and took the book put of the right hand
of him that sate upon the seat. --Bible (1551)
(Rev. v. 7.)

I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. --Shak.

2. To perch; to rest with the feet drawn up, as birds do on a
branch, pole, etc.

3. To remain in a state of repose; to rest; to abide; to rest
in any position or condition.

And Moses said to . . . the children of Reuben,
Shall your brothren go to war, and shall ye sit
here? --Num. xxxii.

Like a demigod here sit I in the sky. --Shak.

4. To lie, rest, or bear; to press or weigh; -- with on; as,
a weight or burden sits lightly upon him.

The calamity sits heavy on us. --Jer. Taylor.

5. To be adjusted; to fit; as, a coat sts well or ill.

This new and gorgeous garment, majesty, Sits not so
easy on me as you think. --Shak.

6. To suit one well or ill, as an act; to become; to befit;
-- used impersonally. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

7. To cover and warm eggs for hatching, as a fowl; to brood;
to incubate.

As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them
not. --Jer. xvii.

8. To have position, as at the point blown from; to hold a
relative position; to have direction.

Like a good miller that knows how to grind, which
way soever the wind sits. --Selden.

Sits the wind in that quarter? --Sir W.

9. To occupy a place or seat as a member of an official body;
as, to sit in Congress.

10. To hold a session; to be in session for official
business; -- said of legislative assemblies, courts,
etc.; as, the court sits in January; the aldermen sit

11. To take a position for the purpose of having some
artistic representation of one's self made, as a picture
or a bust; as, to sit to a painter.

To sit at, to rest under; to be subject to. [Obs.] ``A
farmer can not husband his ground so well if he sit at a
great rent''. --Bacon.

To sit at meat or at table, to be at table for eating.

To sit down.
(a) To place one's self on a chair or other seat; as, to
sit down when tired.
(b) To begin a siege; as, the enemy sat down before the
(c) To settle; to fix a permanent abode. --Spenser.
(d) To rest; to cease as satisfied. ``Here we can not sit
down, but still proceed in our search.'' --Rogers.

To sit for a fellowship, to offer one's self for
examination with a view to obtaining a fellowship. [Eng.

To sit out.
(a) To be without engagement or employment. [Obs.] --Bp.
(b) To outstay.

To sit under, to be under the instruction or ministrations
of; as, to sit under a preacher; to sit under good

To sit up, to rise from, or refrain from, a recumbent
posture or from sleep; to sit with the body upright; as,
to sit up late at night; also, to watch; as, to sit up
with a sick person. ``He that was dead sat up, and began
to speak.'' --Luke vii. 15.

Sit, v. t.
1. To sit upon; to keep one's seat upon; as, he sits a horse

Hardly the muse can sit the headstrong horse.

2. To cause to be seated or in a sitting posture; to furnish
a seat to; -- used reflexively.

They sat them down to weep. --Milton.

Sit you down, father; rest you. --Shak.

3. To suit (well or ill); to become. [Obs. or R.]

Synonyms: baby-sit, model, pose, posture, ride, sit down, sit down

Antonyms: arise, get up, lie, rise, stand, stand up, stand up, uprise

See Also: be, canter, change posture, convene, crouch, display, exhibit, expose, extend, gallop, go, guard, hunker down, lay, locomote, lounge, move, outride, override, perch, place, pose, position, prance, put, ramp, reseat, rest, ride herd, ride horseback, roost, scrunch, scrunch up, set, sit out, sprawl, squat, travel

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