Meaning of SEAT in English

SEAT

/ siːt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PLACE TO SIT

1.

a place where you can sit, for example a chair :

She sat back in her seat.

He put his shopping on the seat behind him.

Please take a seat (= sit down) .

Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats (= sit down) .

a window / corner seat (= one near a window / in a corner)

a child seat (= for a child in a car)

Would you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat ? (= on a plane)

We used the branch of an old tree as a seat.

We all filed back to our seats in silence.

—see also back seat , bucket seat , hot seat , love seat , passenger seat

-SEATER

2.

(in nouns and adjectives) with the number of seats mentioned :

( BrE )

a ten-seater minibus

an all-seater stadium (= in which nobody is allowed to stand)

PART OF CHAIR

3.

the part of a chair, etc. on which you actually sit :

a steel chair with a plastic seat

IN PLANE / TRAIN / THEATRE

4.

a place where you pay to sit in a plane, train, theatre, etc. :

to book / reserve a seat (= for a concert, etc.)

There are no seats left on that flight.

OFFICIAL POSITION

5.

an official position as a member of a parliament, council, committee, etc. :

a seat on the city council / in Parliament / in Congress

to win / lose a seat (= in an election)

( BrE )

to take your seat (= to begin your duties, especially in Parliament)

The majority of seats on the board will be held by business representatives.

—see also safe seat

TOWN / CITY

6.

seat of sth ( formal ) a place where people are involved in a particular activity, especially a city that has a university or the offices of a government :

Washington is the seat of government of the US.

a university town renowned as a seat of learning

COUNTRY HOUSE

7.

(also ˌcountry ˈseat ) (both BrE ) a large house in the country, that belongs to a member of the upper class :

the family seat in Norfolk

PART OF BODY

8.

(especially formal ) the part of the body on which a person sits

SYN buttocks

PART OF TROUSERS / PANTS

9.

the part of a pair of trousers / pants that covers a person's seat

IDIOMS

- (fly) by the seat of your pants

- be in the driving seat

—more at back seat , bum noun , edge noun

■ verb

[ vn ]

SIT DOWN

1.

seat (yourself) ( formal ) to give sb 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.

Please remain seated until the aircraft has come to a halt.

The bus can carry 42 seated passengers.

➡ note at sit

OF BUILDING / VEHICLE

2.

to have enough seats for a particular number of people :

The aircraft seats 200 passengers.

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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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.