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1 a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat in someone else's place" [syn: place]
2 the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
3 furniture that is designed for sitting on; "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
4 any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit); "he dusted off the seat before sitting down"
5 a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
6 the cloth covering for the buttocks; "the seat of his pants was worn through"


1 show to a seat; assign a seat for; "The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith" [syn: sit, sit down]
2 be able to seat; "The theater seats 2,000"
3 place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position; "there was a ceremony to induct the president of the Academy" [syn: induct, invest]
4 put a seat on a chair
5 provide with seats; "seat a concert hall"

User Contributed Dictionary



Via Middle English from Old Norse sæti, compare Old English set



  1. A place in which to sit.
    There are two hundred seats in this classroom.
  2. The horizontal portion of a chair or other furniture designed for sitting.
    He sat on the arm of the chair rather than the seat which always annoyed his mother.
  3. A piece of furniture made for sitting; e.g. a chair, stool or bench.
    She pulled the seat away from the table and, while he sat down, pushed it back in again.
  4. The part of an object or individual (notably the buttocks) directly involved in sitting.
    Place the seat of your pants on the seat of this chair.
  5. The part of a piece of clothing on which one sits.
    As he walked away she deftly kicked him in the seat of his pants to hurry him along.
  6. A membership in an organization, particularly a representative body.
    Our neighbor has a seat at the stock exchange and in congress.
  7. The location of a governing body.
    Washington D.C. is the seat of the U.S. government.
  8. In the context of "certain Commonwealth countries": an electoral district, especially for a national legislature.

Derived terms


place in which to sit
  • Dutch: zitplaats
  • Finnish: istumapaikka
  • Japanese: 席
  • Portuguese: assento
  • Russian: сиденье, место
  • Serbian: sedište
  • Spanish: asiento
part of an object or individual directly involved in sitting
  • Dutch: zitvlak (person)
  • Finnish: istuin (object), takamus (person)
  • Japanese: 座部
  • Russian: седалище
membership in a representative body
  • Dutch: zetel
  • Finnish: paikka
  • Japanese: 席, 籍
  • Russian: место, пост
location of a governing body
  • Dutch: zetel
  • Finnish: istuntopaikka
  • Japanese: 中枢
  • Portuguese: sede
electoral district
  • Finnish: vaalipiiri
  • Japanese: 中枢


  1. : To put an object into a place where it will rest.
    Be sure to seat the gasket properly before attaching the cover.
  2. : To provide places to sit.
    This classroom seats two hundred students.


to put an object into a place
to provide places to sit


Extensive Definition

Seat can refer to:
A place to sit, particularly the area one sits upon (rather than other elements, like armrests), See:
A place or office of authority:
seat in Czech: Sídlo
seat in German: Sitz
seat in French: Siège
seat in Finnish: Istuin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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