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English verb: sit

1. sit (contact) be seated

ExamplesThe children sit in the rocking chair, There sit some children in the rocking chair

Synonymssit down

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)crouch, hunker, hunker down, lounge, perch, rest, roost, scrunch, scrunch up, sprawl, squat

Entailsit, sit down

Verb groupseat, sit, sit, sit down, sit down

Antonymsstand, lie, stand up

2. sit (stative) be around, often idly or without specific purpose

SamplesThe object sat in the corner.
We sat around chatting for another hour.

Synonymssit around

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

3. sit (motion) take a seat

Synonymssit down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Verb groupsit, sit down

Antonymsget up, stand up, arise, rise, uprise

4. sit (motion) be in session

SamplesWhen does the court of law sit?.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)convene

5. sit (perception) assume a posture as for artistic purposes

SamplesWe don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often.

Synonymsmodel, pose, posture

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

Narrower (hyponym)ramp

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

6. sit (motion) sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions

SamplesShe never sat a horse!.
Did you ever ride a camel?.
The girl liked to drive the young mare.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)canter, extend, gallop, outride, override, prance, ride herd, ride horseback

Verb groupride

Domain categoryhorseback riding, riding

7. sit (stative) be located or situated somewhere

SamplesThe White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

8. sit (social) work or act as a baby-sitter

SamplesI cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)guard

9. sit (contact) show to a seat; assign a seat for

SamplesThe host seated me next to Mrs. Smith.

Synonymsseat, sit down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)reseat

Causesit, sit down

Verb groupsit, sit down

10. sit (competition) serve in a specific professional capacity

SamplesThe priest sat for confession.
She sat on the jury.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)serve

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