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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
sit back, sit down, sit tight, sit up
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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, or to be in such a position.
She was tired from walking and needed to sit.We were standing, but most of the other passengers were sitting.
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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phrase: sit back, sit down, sit tight, sit up
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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