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

     

    seat

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//siːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they seat
    BrE BrE//siːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːt//
     
    he / she / it seats
    BrE BrE//siːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːts//
     
    past simple seated
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːtɪd//
     
    past participle seated
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːtɪd//
     
    -ing form seating
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1seat somebody/yourself (formal) to give somebody a place to sit; to sit down in a place Please wait to be seated (= in a restaurant, etc.). Please be seated (= sit down). He seated himself behind the desk. 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
  2. of building/vehicle
  3. 2seat somebody to have enough seats for a particular number of people The aircraft seats 200 passengers. The auditorium can seat an audience of 5 000.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse sæti, from the Germanic base of sit. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples He seated himself comfortably at the foot of the bed. Please be seated. Please remain seated until your name is called. Ramirez was seated at a table near the window. She seated herself on the sofa. The car seats six comfortably. The old woman was seated in a chair.
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