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1 [sit]
verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sitten; sitting.
to rest with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs; be seated.
to be located or situated: The house sits well up on the slope.
to rest or lie (usually followed by on or upon ): An aura of greatness sits easily upon him.
to place oneself in position for an artist, photographer, etc.; pose: to sit for a portrait.
to remain quiet or inactive: They let the matter sit.
(of a bird) to perch or roost.
(of a hen) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood.
to fit, rest, or hang, as a garment: The jacket sits well on your shoulders.
to occupy a place or have a seat in an official assembly or in an official capacity, as a legislator, judge, or bishop.
to be convened or in session, as an assembly.
to act as a baby-sitter.
(of wind) to blow from the indicated direction: The wind sits in the west tonight.
to be accepted or considered in the way indicated: Something about his looks just didn't sit right with me.
Informal. to be acceptable to the stomach: Something I ate for breakfast didn't sit too well.
Chiefly British. to take a test or examination: I’m studying now, and I plan to sit in June.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sitten; sitting.
to cause to sit; seat (often followed by down ): Sit yourself down. He sat me near him.
to sit astride or keep one's seat on (a horse or other animal): She sits her horse gracefully.
to provide seating accommodations or seating room for; seat: Our dining-room table only sits six people.
Informal. to serve as baby-sitter for: A neighbor can sit the children while you go out.
Chiefly British. to take (a test or examination): She finally received permission to sit the exam at a later date.
Verb phrases
sit down,
to take a seat.
to descend to a sitting position; alight.
to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege: The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
sit in,
to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant: to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band's regular pianist.
to take part in a sit-in.
sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at: to sit in on classes.
sit on/upon,
to inquire into or deliberate over: A coroner's jury was called to sit on the case.
Informal. to suppress; silence: They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
Informal. to check or rebuke; squelch: I'll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
sit out,
to stay to the end of: Though bored, we sat out the play.
to surpass in endurance: He sat out his tormentors.
to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in: We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
sit up,
to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
to sit upright; hold oneself erect.
Informal. to become interested or astonished: We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
sit on one's hands,
to fail to applaud.
to fail to take appropriate action.
sit pretty, Informal. to be in a comfortable situation: He's been sitting pretty ever since he got that new job.
sit tight, to bide one's time; take no action: I'm going to sit tight till I hear from you.

before 900; Middle English sitten, Old English sittan; cognate with Dutch zitten, German sitzen, Old Norse sitja; akin to Gothic sitan, Latin sedēre, Greek hézesthai (base hed-); cf. set, sedate, cathedral, nest

10. meet, assemble, convene, gather.

Compare set. Unabridged
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sit (sɪt)
vb , sits, sitting, sat
1.  (also tr; when intr, often foll by down, in, or on) 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: to sit on a chair; sit a horse
2.  (tr) to cause to adopt such a posture
3.  (of an animal) to adopt or rest in a posture with the hindquarters lowered to the ground
4.  (of a bird) to perch or roost
5.  (of a hen or other bird) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood
6.  to be situated or located
7.  (of the wind) to blow from the direction specified
8.  to adopt and maintain a posture for one's portrait to be painted, etc
9.  to occupy or be entitled to a seat in some official capacity, as a judge, elected representative, etc
10.  (of a deliberative body) to be convened or in session
11.  to remain inactive or unused: his car sat in the garage for a year
12.  to rest or lie as specified: the nut was sitting so awkwardly that he couldn't turn it
13.  (of a garment) to fit or hang as specified: that dress sits well on you
14.  to weigh, rest, or lie as specified: greatness sits easily on him
15.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) to take (an examination): he's sitting his bar finals
16.  chiefly (Brit) (usually foll by for) to be a candidate (for a qualification): he's sitting for a BA
17.  (intr; in combination) to look after a specified person or thing for someone else: granny-sit
18.  (tr) to have seating capacity for
19.  informal sitting pretty well placed or established financially, socially, etc
20.  sit tight
 a.  to wait patiently; bide one's time
 b.  to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
[Old English sittan; related to Old Norse sitja, Gothic sitan, Old High German sizzen, Latin sedēre to sit, Sanskrit sīdati he sits]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sittan "to be seated, to seat oneself" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, pp. seten), from P.Gmc. *setjanan (cf. O.S. sittian, O.N. sitja, O.Fris. sitta, M.Du. sitten, Du. zitten, O.H.G. sizzan, Ger. sitzen, Goth. sitan), from PIE base *sed- "to sit" (see
sedentary). In ref. to a legislative assembly, from 1518. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966. Sitting room first recorded 1771. Slang sitting duck "easy target" first recorded 1944; lit. sense is from 1867 (it is considered not sporting to shoot at one). Sitting pretty is from 1921. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, Amer.Eng. To sit out "not take part" is from 1626.
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