UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'SAT': UK: /ˌɛseɪˈtiː/, US: /'sæt/; 'sat': /ˈsæt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/sæt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. sat; n. sut)

From the verb sit: (⇒ conjugate)
sat is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

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sat1 /sæt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of sit.

  • [Trademark.]Scholastic Aptitude Test.

  • Sat.,  an abbreviation of:
    1. Saturday.

    -sat-, root. 
    1. -sat- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "full, enough, sufficient.'' This meaning is found in such words as: dissatisfaction, dissatisfy, insatiable, sate, satiated, satire, satisfaction, satisfy, saturate, unsatisfied.

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    sit1 /sɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  sat/sæt/USA pronunciation  sat, sit•ting. 
    1. to rest with the body supported by one's buttocks or thighs;
      be seated:[no object]I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang.
    2. to (cause to) lower the body into a position of rest supported by one's buttocks or thighs: [no object;  (~ + down)]Please sit (down); I'll be back in a minute.[+ object (+ down)]sat the child (down) on the sofa.
    3. to be located or situated;
      lie or rest:[no object]The house sits on a cliff.
    4. [no object] to place oneself in position for an artist, etc.;
    5. to remain quiet:[no object]Let the matter sit.
    6. Animal Behavior[no object] (of a bird) to cover eggs with the body for hatching;
    7. to fit or hang, such as a garment:[no object]That shirt doesn't sit well on him.
    8. to have an official position, such as a legislator or judge:[no object;  often: ~ + on + object]She sits on the committee.
    9. to hold a session:[no object]The court sits in judgment.
    10. (used after a word or root) to take care of (the specified thing) like a baby-sitter:to house-sit (= to live in another's house while the owners are away); to plant-sit (= to take care of another's plants while the owners are away).
    11. to be accepted in the way indicated:[no object]His answer didn't sit right with us.
    12. Informal Terms to be acceptable to the stomach:[no object]My breakfast didn't sit too well.
    13. to provide seating accommodations;
      seat:[+ object;  no passive]Our table only sits six people.
    14. Informal Terms to baby-sit:[no object]She used to sit for us when our daughter was a baby.
    15. sit around, [no object;  usually: ~ + around + verb-ing] to do nothing:The workers were sitting around ignoring their work.
    16. sit in (on), [+ in (+ on + object)] to be a spectator at (some event or circumstance):I'd like permission to sit in on your class.
    17. sit on or  upon, [+ on/upon + object]
      • to inquire into or deliberate over:A coroner's jury sat on the case.
      • to put off for a time;
      • Informal Termsto check;
        squelch:to sit on nasty rumors.
    18. sit out: 
      • [+ out + object] to stay to the end of:He sat out the whole movie in silence.
      • to stay, wait, or endure longer than: [+ out + object]to sit out one's rivals.[+ object + out]to sit them out.
      • to keep one's seat during (a dance, etc.);
        fail to participate in (an activity): [+ out + object]I think I'll sit out the next dance.[+ object + out]I'll have to sit this one out; I'm a little tired.
    19. sit up: 
      • to (cause to) rise from a lying or reclining position to a sitting position: [no object]Sit up straight and answer me.[+ object + up]The nurse sat him up in his bed.
      • [no object;  often: ~ + up + verb-ing] to be awake and active during one's usual sleep time:to sit up all night playing solitaire.
      • [no object] to become interested;
        take notice:This will make them sit up and notice.
    1. Idiomssit on one's hands: 
      • to fail to applaud.
      • to fail to take proper or necessary action.
    2. Idiomssit tight, [no object] to take no action;
      wait:Sit tight, and when I give you the signal, then move.

    sit•ter, n. [countable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    sat1  (sat),USA pronunciation v. 
    1. a pt. and pp. of  sit. 

    sat2  (sut),USA pronunciation n. [Hinduism.]
    1. (in Vedic mythology) the realm of existence, populated by people and gods. Cf.  Asat. 
    2. reality. Cf.  Sat-cit-ananda. 
    • Sanskrit: literally, being

  • [Trademark.]college admissions tests sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board: the SAT I measures mathematical and verbal reasoning skills, and the SAT II measures knowledge in specific subject areas.

  • Sat., 
    1. Saturday.
    2. AstronomySaturn.

    1. saturate.
    2. saturated.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    sit1  (sit),USA pronunciation v.,  sat  or (Archaic) sate;
      or (Archaic) sit•ten;

    1. to rest with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs;
      be seated.
    2. to be located or situated:The house sits well up on the slope.
    3. to rest or lie (usually fol. by on or upon):An aura of greatness sits easily upon him.
    4. to place oneself in position for an artist, photographer, etc.;
      pose:to sit for a portrait.
    5. to remain quiet or inactive:They let the matter sit.
    6. Animal Behavior(of a bird) to perch or roost.
    7. Animal Behavior(of a hen) to cover eggs to hatch them;
    8. to fit, rest, or hang, as a garment:The jacket sits well on your shoulders.
    9. to occupy a place or have a seat in an official assembly or in an official capacity, as a legislator, judge, or bishop.
    10. to be convened or in session, as an assembly.
    11. to act as a baby-sitter.
    12. Meteorology(of wind) to blow from the indicated direction:The wind sits in the west tonight.
    13. to be accepted or considered in the way indicated:Something about his looks just didn't sit right with me.
    14. Informal Termsto be acceptable to the stomach:Something I ate for breakfast didn't sit too well.

    1. to cause to sit;
      seat (often fol. by down):Sit yourself down. He sat me near him.
    2. to sit astride or keep one's seat on (a horse or other animal):She sits her horse gracefully.
    3. to provide seating accommodations or seating room for;
      seat:Our dining-room table only sits six people.
    4. Informal Termsto serve as baby-sitter for:A neighbor can sit the children while you go out.
    5. sit down: 
      • to take a seat.
      • to descend to a sitting position;
      • to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege:The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
    6. sit in: 
      • to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant:to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band's regular pianist.
      • to take part in a sit-in.
    7. sit in on, to be a spectator, observer, or visitor at:to sit in on classes.
    8. sit on or  upon: 
      • to inquire into or deliberate over:A coroner's jury was called to sit on the case.
      • [Informal.]to suppress;
        silence:They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
      • Informal Termsto check or rebuke;
        squelch:I'll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
    9. Idiomssit on one's hands: 
      • Idiomsto fail to applaud.
      • Idiomsto fail to take appropriate action.
    10. sit out: 
      • to stay to the end of:Though bored, we sat out the play.
      • to surpass in endurance:He sat out his tormentors.
      • to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.);
        fail to participate in:We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
    11. Informal Termssit pretty, to be in a comfortable situation:He's been sitting pretty ever since he got that new job.
    12. sit tight, to bide one's time;
      take no action:I'm going to sit tight till I hear from you.
    13. sit up: 
      • to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
      • to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
      • to sit upright;
        hold oneself erect.
      • [Informal.]to become interested or astonished:We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
    • bef. 900; Middle English sitten, Old English sittan; cognate with Dutch zitten, German sitzen, Old Norse sitja; akin to Gothic sitan, Latin sedēre, Greek hézesthai (base hed-); compare set, sedate, cathedral, nest
      • 10. meet.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
      • assemble.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
      • convene.See corresponding entry in Unabridged
      • gather..See corresponding entry in Unabridged
      Cf.  set. 

    sit2  (sit),USA pronunciation v. 
    1. Drugs(in prescriptions) may it be.
    • Latin

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    sat /sæt/ vb
    1. the past tense and past participle of sit
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Sat. abbreviation for
    1. Saturday
    2. Saturn
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    sit /sɪt/ vb (sits, sitting, sat)(mainly intr)
    1. (also tr; when intr, often followed by down, in, or on) to adopt or rest in a posture in which the body is supported on the buttocks and thighs and the torso is more or less upright: to sit on a chair, sit a horse
    2. (transitive) to cause to adopt such a posture
    3. (of an animal) to adopt or rest in a posture with the hindquarters lowered to the ground
    4. (of a bird) to perch or roost
    5. (of a hen or other bird) to cover eggs to hatch them; brood
    6. to be situated or located
    7. (of the wind) to blow from the direction specified
    8. to adopt and maintain a posture for one's portrait to be painted, etc
    9. to occupy or be entitled to a seat in some official capacity, as a judge, elected representative, etc
    10. (of a deliberative body) to be convened or in session
    11. to remain inactive or unused: his car sat in the garage for a year
    12. (of a garment) to fit or hang as specified: that dress sits well on you
    13. to weigh, rest, or lie as specified: greatness sits easily on him
    14. (transitive) chiefly Brit to take (an examination): he's sitting his bar finals
    15. (usually followed by for) chiefly Brit to be a candidate (for a qualification): he's sitting for a BA
    16. (intr; in combination) to look after a specified person or thing for someone else: granny-sit
    17. (transitive) to have seating capacity for
    18. sit tightto wait patiently; bide one's time
    19. to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly

    See also sit back, sit downEtymology: Old English sittan; related to Old Norse sitja, Gothic sitan, Old High German sizzen, Latin sedēre to sit, Sanskrit sīdati he sits
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