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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sits, sitting, sat
definition 1: to position oneself so that one is resting on the buttocks and thighs.
definition 2: to be placed or situated.
His ranch sits on top of the hill.
similar words:
lie, rest, stand
definition 3: to be at rest or not active.
definition 4: to be in session, as a court or legislature.
definition 5: to pose for an artist or photographer.
similar words:
definition 6: to look after a child while its parents are away; babysit.
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause to be seated (often used reflexively).
She sat herself close to me.
definition 2: to provide with seats.
This room sits about fifty people.
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sit or set?
Sit describes the state of resting or staying in one place. We also use sit when talking about the action of putting a person in a place where he or she will stay. We use set for the action of putting a thing in a place where it will stay.
  • The lamp usually sits on that table.
  • Mr. Gray sits in that chair all morning.
  • Laura sat the baby in a little chair.
  • Luke set the groceries on the table.
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