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present participle sitting past tense & past participle sat
American English: /sɪt/
British English: /sɪt/

Translation of sit in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (sit down)
    come and sit beside me
    ven y siéntate a mi lado or junto a mí
    there was nowhere to sit sit! (command to dog)
    she sat on my knee
    se me sentó en las rodillas
    Example sentences
    • The patient used her arms while sitting to support the weight of the trunk in order to avoid pressure on the sacrum.
    • The design encourages children to sit upright rather than slumped.
    • And everyone who gives is also becoming active in our support, rather than sitting at home frustrated at the media coverage.
    1.2 (be seated)
    estar sentado
    she sat there, staring into space
    estaba allí sentada, con la mirada perdida
    that's where the boss sits
    ahí se sienta el jefe
    you're sitting on my hat!
    ¡estás sentado encima de mi sombrero!
    I have to sit at home while she's out enjoying herself
    yo me tengo que quedar entre estas cuatro paredes mientras ella se divierte por ahí
    he spent the whole day sitting in front of the television
    se pasó todo el día sentado delante del televisor
    don't just sit there: do something!
    ¡no te quedes ahí sentado: haz algo!
    sit still!
    ¡quédate quieto!
    to be sitting pretty [colloquial]
    estar bien colocado [colloquial]
    to sit tight [colloquial]you sit tight, I'll call a taxi
    no te muevas or quédate aquí tranquila, que yo llamo un taxi
    the company thinks it can sit tight till better days
    la empresa cree que puede aguantar hasta que vengan tiempos mejores
  • 2 2.1 (Art)to sit (for somebody/something)
    (for artist/portrait/photograph)
    posar (para alguien/algo)
    Example sentences
    • It was the subjects who served the artist by agreeing to sit for him.
    • One recalls Roland Barthes's formulation of photographic exposure of being posed in exteriority and becoming a specter in sitting for a photograph.
    • During this period, sitting for a photograph had a certain formality.
    2.2 (British) (School, University)to sit for an exam
    presentarse a un examen
    2.3 (Administration, Politics)to sit in Congress/the Commons
    tener un escaño en el Congreso/en la Cámara de los Comunes
    ser diputado/senador/parlamentario
    he sits for Fulham [formal]
    representa a Fulham
    es diputado por Fulham
    see alsosit on 1
    Example sentences
    • The European Parliament sits at exactly the same time as the Dáil on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    • The court sits at Parliament House in Edinburgh and there is no appeal in criminal matters to the House of Lords at Westminster.
    • The Parliament is sitting again this week, with the Senate holding Estimates Committee hearings.
    Example sentences
    • He entered Parliament in 1818, sitting for several constituencies until returned for the City of London in 1841, which he represented until his elevation to the peerage as Earl Russell.
    • He was at last allowed back into Parliament in 1774 and sat for Middlesex until 1790.
    • Frankly, ministers don't like being told what they can and can't do with English education spending by an MP who sits for a Scottish constituency.
    2.4 (be in session)
    reunirse en sesión
    sesionar (esp Latin America)
    they have been sitting all day
    han estado todo el día en sesión or reunidos (en sesión)
    han estado todo el día sesionando (esp Latin America)
  • 3 (be situated)
    estar (situado)
    estar ubicado (esp Latin America)
    it had been sitting on my desk all the time
    había estado todo el tiempo encima de mi escritorio
    Example sentences
    • Revelin Moss sits at the foot of Grisedale Pike about 300m above sea level.
    • A mixture of tension, anger and fear has gripped the Pakistan north-west frontier town of Peshawar, which sits at the foot of the Khyber Pass leading into Afghanistan.
    • Below that sits a similarly positioned on/off key, two fast access buttons - pre-set to run the diary and address book apps - and up and down scroll buttons.
  • 4 4.1 (fit)
    the jacket sits well
    la chaqueta cae bien or sienta bien
    Example sentences
    • We'd black berets that wouldn't sit right and black boots rich with dust and hungry for polish.
    • He was tall and lean; his dark-gray suit of military cut did not sit well on him.
    • Sometimes, a person dressed in the most expensive clothes can look like a fish out of water because his clothes do not sit well on him.
    4.2 (weigh) the curry sat heavily on her stomach
    el curry le cayó pesado or le sentó mal
    his crime sat heavy on his conscience
    el crimen le pesaba en la conciencia
  • 5 (brood)
    to sit on the eggs
    Example sentences
    • A quetzal sits upon a branch, yet this species of trogon is not found outside the Mexican and Central American cloud forests.
    • Two sea eagles sit hunched on a branch, their expressions indicating distaste.
    • A golden bird sang a melodious song as it sat, perched in a glittering green tree.
    Example sentences
    • There are now eggs in the nest and she sits there all day.
    • You may see stiff-winged fulmars gliding effortlessly, or hear them cackling as they sit precariously on ledges incubating single eggs.
    • I don't have much experience of a broody hen sitting on the eggs.
  • 6
    also: sitting present participle
    in a sitting position the sitting member (British) (Politics)
    el representante or diputado actual

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (cause to be seated)
    colocar (en posición vertical)
    they sat me next to Julia
    me sentaron junto a Julia
    sit yourself beside me
    siéntate a mi lado or junto a mí
    Example sentences
    • I waddled over to the chair and managed to sit myself down.
    • Now, sit yourself down and tell us all about your struggles.
    • Just sit yourself down, and I'll bring you some refreshment.
    1.2 (accommodate) the auditorium sits a hundred (people)
    el auditorio tiene cabida or capacidad para cien personas
    en el auditorio caben cien personas
    the table sits eight (people)
    la mesa es para ocho personas
    the back seat sits three comfortably
    en el asiento de atrás caben cómodamente tres personas
  • 2 (British) (School, University)to sit an exam
    dar or hacer or (Southern Cone) rendir or (Mexico) tomar un examen
    examinarse (Spain)
    she's sitting history tomorrow
    mañana da or hace or (Southern Cone) rinde or (Mexico) toma el examen de historia
    mañana se examina de historia (Spain)
    she did not sit the exam

Phrasal verbs

sit around

verb + adverb
he sits around all day doing nothing
se pasa el día sentado sin hacer nada or holgazaneando
you can't sit around waiting for someone to offer you work
no puedes esperar sentado a que alguien venga a ofrecerte trabajo

sit back

verb + adverb [colloquial]
1 (lean back)
(relax) just sit back and listen
ponte cómodo y escucha
then you sit back and let the machine do the work
después usted simplemente deja que la máquina haga el trabajo
2 (fail to act)
cruzarse de brazos

sit down

1verb + adverb (take a seat)
please sit down
siéntese, por favor
tome asiento, por favor [formal]
wait till they're all sitting down
espera a que estén todos sentados
she sat down in that armchair/on that chair
se sentó en ese sillón/en esa silla
to sit down to dinner
sentarse a cenar
2verb + object + adverb (cause to be seated)
come in and sit yourself down
pasa y siéntate

sit in

verb + adverb
1 (attend)to sit in (on something/somebody)he sat in on some of their rehearsals
asistió a or estuvo presente en algunos de sus ensayos
he used to sit in on my classes
asistía a mis clases como oyente ( or observador etc. )
I don't like people sitting in (on me) while I'm practicing
no me gusta que haya nadie presente cuando practico
2 (as protest)
hacer una sentada
hacer un sitin (Mexico)

sit in for

verb + adverb + preposition + object

sit on

verb + preposition + object
1 (be member of)
formar parte de
ser miembro de
2 [colloquial] 2.1 (withhold)
mantener oculto
2.2 (fail to deal with)
no dar trámite a
the banks like to sit on foreign currency
los bancos suelen retener las divisas el mayor tiempo posible
they've been sitting on my letter for weeks
hace semanas que recibieron mi carta y no han hecho nada al respecto
3 [colloquial] 3.1
3.2 (person/employee) (crush)
bajarle los humos a [colloquial]
poner en su lugar or en su sitio
(silence) hacer callar

sit out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (wait until end of)
to sit out the storm
esperar a que amaine
to sit it out
2 (not participate in)
no bailar
no tomar parte en

sit through

verb + preposition + object
I sat through two boring lectures
me escuché dos conferencias aburridas (de cabo a rabo)
one of the worst plays I've ever had to sit through
una de las peores obras que jamás haya tenido que soportar or aguantar

sit up

1verb + adverb 1.1 (in upright position)
sentarse sobre las patas traseras
they are beginning to sit up and take notice of our warnings
están empezando a hacer caso de nuestras advertencias
that should make them sit up and take notice
eso debería alertarlos
1.2 (with straight back)
ponerse derecho
sit up (straight)
ponte derecho
1.3 (not go to bed) we sat up till one o'clock talking
nos quedamos (levantados) conversando hasta la una
she sat up night after night with the sick girl
pasó noche tras noche en vela cuidando a la niña enferma
don't sit up for me
no me esperes levantado
2verb + object + adverb
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