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part of speech: verb
inflections: sits, sitting, sat
definition 1: to be in a position in which one is resting on the buttocks and thighs.
She sat in a chair.
definition 2: to be placed or located.
His ranch sits on top of the hill.
similar words:
lie, rest, stand
definition 3: to meet or hold a session.
This court will sit again in two weeks.
definition 4: to hold a position for an artist or photographer.
He sat for a portrait.
similar words:
definition 5: to take care of a child while its parents are away; baby-sit.
When our parents go out, my aunt sits for us.
definition 6: to cause to be seated.
Nancy sat herself close to me.
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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