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sit

 (sĭt)
v. sat (săt), sit·ting, sits
v.intr.
1. To rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks.
2.
a. To rest with the hindquarters lowered onto a supporting surface. Used of animals.
b. To perch. Used of birds.
3. To cover eggs for hatching; brood.
4. To be situated or located: a house that sits on a hill.
5. To lie or rest: Dishes were sitting on a shelf. See Usage Note at set1.
6. To pose for an artist or photographer.
7.
a. To occupy a seat as a member of a body of officials: sit in Congress.
b. To be in session.
8. To remain inactive or unused: Her expensive skis sat gathering dust.
9. To affect one with or as if with a burden; weigh: Official duties sat heavily upon the governor.
10. To fit, fall, or drape in a specified manner: The jacket sits perfectly on you.
11. To be agreeable to one; please: The idea didn't sit well with any of us.
12. Chiefly British To take an examination, as for a degree.
13. To blow from a particular direction. Used of the wind.
14. To keep watch or take care of a child.
v.tr.
1. To cause to sit; seat: Sit yourself over there.
2. To keep one's seat on (an animal): She sits her horse well.
3. To sit on (eggs) for the purpose of hatching.
4. To provide seating accommodation for: a theater that sits 1,000 people.
n.
1.
a. The act of sitting.
b. A period of time spent sitting.
2. The way in which an article of clothing, such as a dress or jacket, fits.
Phrasal Verbs:
sit down
To take a seat.
sit in
1. To be present or participate as a visitor at a discussion or music session.
2. To act as a substitute: She sat in for the vacationing news anchor.
3. To take part in a sit-in.
sit on (or upon)
1. To confer about.
2. To suppress or repress: sat on the evidence.
3. To postpone action or resolution regarding.
4. Slang To rebuke sharply; reprimand.
sit out
1. To stay until the end of.
2. To refrain from taking part in: sit out a dance.
sit up
1. To rise from lying down to a sitting position.
2. To sit with the spine erect.
3. To stay up later than the customary bedtime.
4. To become suddenly alert: The students sat up when he mentioned the test.
Idioms:
sit on (one's) hands
To fail to act.
sit pretty Informal
To be in a very favorable position.
sit tight Informal
To be patient and await the next move.

[Middle English sitten, from Old English sittan; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

sit up

vb (adverb)
1. to raise (oneself or another) from a recumbent to an upright or alert sitting posture
2. (intr) to remain out of bed and awake, esp until a late hour
3. (intr) informal to become suddenly interested or alert: devaluation of the dollar made the money market sit up.
n
(Individual Sports, other than specified) a physical exercise in which the body is brought into a sitting position from one lying on the back. Also: trunk curl
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sit up - not go to bed; "Don't stay up so late--you have to go to work tomorrow"; "We sat up all night to watch the election"
wake - be awake, be alert, be there
2.sit up - change to an upright sitting position; "He sat up in bed"
change posture - undergo a change in bodily posture
Translations
يَسْهَر، يَبْقى مُسْتَيْقِظايَقوم، يَقِف
být vzhůruvstát
fennmarad
setjast uppvaka
byť hore
doğrulup oturmakyatmayıp oturmak

w>sit up

vi
(= be sitting upright)aufrecht sitzen; (= action)sich aufrichten, sich aufsetzen; to sit up (and beg) (dog etc)Männchen machen (inf)
(= sit straight)aufrecht or gerade sitzen; sit up!setz dich gerade hin!, sitz gerade!; to make somebody sit up (and take notice) (fig inf)jdn aufhorchen lassen
(= not go to bed)aufbleiben, aufsitzen (dated); she sat up with the sick childsie wachte bei dem kranken Kind; to sit up and wait for somebodyaufbleiben und auf jdn warten
to sit up to the tablesich an den Tisch setzen
vt sepaufrichten, aufsetzen; doll also, babyhinsetzen

sit

(sit) present participle sitting: past tense, past participle sat (sӕt) verb
1. to (cause to) rest on the buttocks; to (cause to) be seated. He likes sitting on the floor; They sat me in the chair and started asking questions.
2. to lie or rest; to have a certain position. The parcel is sitting on the table.
3. (with on) to be an official member of (a board, committee etc). He sat on several committees.
4. (of birds) to perch. An owl was sitting in the tree by the window.
5. to undergo (an examination).
6. to take up a position, or act as a model, in order to have one's picture painted or one's photograph taken. She is sitting for a portrait/photograph.
7. (of a committee, parliament etc) to be in session. Parliament sits from now until Christmas.
ˈsitter noun
1. a person who poses for a portrait etc.
2. a baby-sitter.
ˈsitting noun
a period of continuous action, meeting etc. I read the whole book at one sitting; The committee were prepared for a lengthy sitting.
ˈsit-in noun
an occupation of a building etc by protesters. The students staged a sit-in.
ˈsitting-room noun
a room used mainly for sitting in.
sitting target, sitting duck
someone or something that is in an obvious position to be attacked. If they're reducing staff, he's a sitting target.
sit back
to rest and take no part in an activity. He just sat back and let it all happen.
sit down
to (cause to) take a seat, take a sitting position. Let's sit down over here; He sat the child down on the floor.
sit out
1. to remain seated during a dance. Let's sit (this one) out.
2. to remain inactive and wait until the end of. They'll try to sit out the crisis.
sit tight
to keep the same position or be unwilling to move or act. The best thing to do is to sit tight and see if things improve.
sit up
1. to rise to a sitting position. Can the patient sit up?
2. to remain awake, not going to bed. I sat up until 3 a.m. waiting for you!
References in classic literature ?
Not only was he gambling as he had never gambled before, but he was gambling at the biggest table in the world and for stakes so large that even the case-hardened habitues of that table were compelled to sit up.
He'll make Ward sit up with a show of local talent that'll make the rest of you sit up.
The challenge is to sit up without moving your legs at all.