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sit tight
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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.
phrase: sit tight
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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