Usage note: sitYou can use on, in, and at with sit. You sit on a chair, a step, the edge of the table, etc. You sit in an armchair. If you are sitting at a table, desk, etc., you are sitting in a chair close to it, usually so that you can eat a meal, do some work, etc.Usage note: sitsit down be seated have/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!note Sit is usually used with an adverb or a prepositional phrase to show where or how someone sits, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what someone does while they are sitting: We sat talking for hours.sit down to move from a standing position to a sitting position: Please sit down.be seated (formal) to be sitting: She was seated at the head of the table.note Be seated is often used as a formal way of inviting someone to sit down: Please be seated.have/take a seat to sit down note Have/Take a seat is used especially as a polite way of inviting someone to sit down: Please have a seat.perch (somewhat informal) to sit on something, especially on the edge of something: She perched herself on the edge of the bed.note Perch is always used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where someone is perching.patternsto sit/sit down/be seated/have a seat/take a seat/perch on somethingto sit/sit down/be seated/have a seat/take a seat in something
on chair, etc.1 [intransitive] to be in a position on a chair, etc. in which the upper part of your body is upright and your weight is supported at the bottom of your backShe sat and stared at the letter in front of her. + adverb/prepositionMay I sit here?Just sit still!He went and sat beside her.She was sitting at her desk.She always sits in that chair.It's too cold to sit outside. sit doing somethingWe sat talking for hours. see also 2 [transitive] sit someone + adverb/preposition to put someone in a sitting positionHe lifted the child and sat her on the wall.She sat him down in front of the fire with a hot drink.
of things3 [intransitive] to be in a particular place + adverb/prepositionA large bus was sitting outside.The pot was sitting in a pool of water.The jacket sat beautifully on her shoulders (= fitted well). + adjectiveThe box sat unopened on the shelf.
have official position4 [intransitive] to have an official position as something or as a member of something sit as somethingHe was sitting as a temporary judge. sit in/on somethingShe sat on a number of committees.
of a governing body, etc.5 [intransitive] (of a governing body, committee, court of law, etc.) to meet in order to do official businessThe legislature sits for less than six months of the year.
of bird6 [intransitive] (+ adverb/preposition) to rest on a branch, etc. or to stay on a nest to keep the eggs warm
of dog7 [intransitive] to sit on the back part of its body with its front legs straightRover! Sit!
take care of children8 [intransitive] sit (for someone) = babysitWho's sitting for you? see also house-sit
be sitting pretty(informal) to be in a good situation, especially when others are notWith profits at record levels, the company's certainly sitting pretty this year.be sitting pretty
rest/sit on your laurels(usually disapproving) to feel so satisfied with what you have already achieved that you do not try to do any morerest on your laurelssit on your laurels
sit at someone's feet
to admire someone very much, especially a teacher or someone from whom you try to learnsit at feet
sit comfortably/easily/well, etc. (with something)
to seem right, natural, suitable, etc. in a particular place or situationHis views did not sit comfortably with the management line.sit comfortably/well, etc.sit comfortably/well, etc. withsit easily/well, etc.sit easily/well, etc. with
sit in judgment (on/over/upon someone)
to decide whether someone's behavior is right or wrong, especially when you have no right to do thisHow dare you sit in judgment on me?sit in judgmentsit in judgment on/uponsit in judgmentsit in judgment over/upon
sit on the fence
to avoid becoming involved in deciding or influencing somethingHe tends to sit on the fence at meetings.sit on the fence
sit/stand silently by
to do or say nothing to help someone or deal with a difficult situationWe can't sit silently by and let them arrest him!sit silently bystand silently by