Definition of seat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//siːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːt//
    Parliament, Trains, Parts of a plane
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    place to sit
  1. 1  a place where you can sit, for example a chair She sat back in her seat. He put his shopping on the seat behind him. Please take a seat (= sit down). Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats (= sit down). a window/corner seat (= one near a window/in a corner) a child seat (= for a child in a car) Would you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat? (= on a plane) We used the branch of an old tree as a seat. We all filed back to our seats in silence. Synonymssitsit down be seated take a seat perchThese words all mean to rest your weight on your bottom with your back upright, for example on a chair.sit to rest your weight on your bottom with your back upright, for example on a chair:May I sit here? Sit still, will you! Sit is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how somebody sits, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what somebody does while they are sitting:We sat talking for hours.sit down/​sit yourself down to move from a standing position to a sitting position:Please sit down. Come in and sit yourselves down.be seated (formal) to be sitting:She was seated at the head of the table. Be seated is often used as a formal way of inviting somebody to sit down:Please be seated.take a seat to sit down Take a seat is used especially as a polite way of inviting somebody to sit down:Please take a seat.perch (rather informal) to sit on something, especially on the edge of something:She perched herself on the edge of the bed. Perch is always used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where somebody is perching.Patterns to sit/​sit down/​be seated/​take a seat/​perch on something to sit/​sit down/​be seated/​take a seat in something see also back seat, bucket seat, hot seat, love seat, passenger seat
  2. -seater
  3. 2(in nouns and adjectives) with the number of seats mentioned (British English) a ten-seater minibus an all-seater stadium (= in which nobody is allowed to stand)
  4. part of chair
  5. 3the part of a chair, etc. on which you actually sit a steel chair with a plastic seat
  6. in plane/train/theatre
  7. 4  a place where you pay to sit in a plane, train, theatre, etc. to book/reserve a seat (= for a concert, etc.) There are no seats left on that flight. See related entries: Trains, Parts of a plane
  8. official position
  9. 5  an official position as a member of a parliament, council, committee, etc. a seat on the city council/in Parliament/in Congress to win/lose a seat (= in an election) (British English) to take your seat (= to begin your duties, especially in Parliament) The majority of seats on the board will be held by business representatives. see also safe seat See related entries: Parliament
  10. town/city
  11. 6seat of something (formal) a place where people are involved in a particular activity, especially a city that has a university or the offices of a government Washington is the seat of government of the US. a university town renowned as a seat of learning
  12. country house
  13. 7 (also country seat) (both British English) a large house in the country, that belongs to a member of the upper class the family seat in Norfolk
  14. part of body
  15. 8 (especially formal) the part of the body on which a person sits synonym buttock
  16. part of trousers/pants
  17. 9the part of a pair of trousers/pants that covers a person’s seat
  18. Word OriginMiddle English (as a noun): from Old Norse sæti, from the Germanic base of sit. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples Do you have a spare seat in your car? He gave up his seat on the bus to a pregnant woman. He has been selected to fight the seat at the next election. He leaped out of his seat when he saw the rat. He lost his seat in the last election. I always ask for an aisle seat when I fly. I always feel sick if I sit in the back seat of the car. I found my gloves lying on the back seat. I got to the concert early to get a good seat. I had a terrifying journey on the pillion seat of a Honda 750. I managed to get some seats for the ballet. I slid into the leather bucket seat and fastened my seat belt. I took my usual seat at the front of the classroom. Is it possible to book seats for the play? Is this seat taken? It is very uncomfortable to sit on these seats. Not all theatres/​theaters can fill their seats so easily. Please take a seat. Republicans currently hold 51 seats in the Senate. Republicans won 52.7% of the House seats. Seat reservations are free. She is running for a seat in the New York State Assembly. She slid into the driver’s seat. She took her seat in Parliament as Britain’s youngest MP. The Democrats captured 18 of the 30 open seats. The Liberals took seven seats from Labour. The audience resumed their seats for the second half of the play. The best seats were occupied by the friends and families of the performers. The man in the passenger seat seemed to be asleep. The party held the seat with a 10 000 majority. There were no empty seats left in the hall. We had hardly settled into our seats when the first goal was scored. We had ringside seats for the boxing match. We had the best seats in the house for the concert. We settled back into our seats and waited for the show to begin. With two minutes to go before the end, I was on the edge of my seat. a seat in Congress a seat on the board a seat on the local council an electronic seat-reservation system the search for finance chiefs to fill board seats For the first two years of her life she lived at Ickworth, the family seat in Sussex. I reserved seats for a performance of ‘King Lear’ at the New Theatre. Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Would you like an aisle seat or a window seat? a car seat a window/​corner seat an aisle/​a window seatIdioms
    be in the driving seat (British English) (North American English be in the driver’s seat)
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    to be the person in control of a situation
    (British English, informal) used to refer to the number of people who attend a show, talk, etc., especially when emphasizing the need or desire to attract a large number They're not bothered about attracting the right audience—they just want bums on seats.
    (fly) by the seat of your pants
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    (informal) to act without careful thought and without a plan that you have made in advance, hoping that you will be lucky and be successful synonym wing it
    on the edge of your seat
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    very excited and giving your full attention to something The game had the crowd on the edge of their seats. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happened next.
    to allow somebody else to play a more active and important role in a particular situation than you do Many managers take a back seat and leave recruitment to specialists.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: seat