Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She could not ask him to sit down, but she must understand how he had got into the house.

"Come and sit down," she said, and she drew her towards one of the low cushions.

He waited until he saw her sit down at the desk and take up a pen.

But Rico did not sit down at once: he kept looking towards the doorway.

"Sit down," said the professor sharply, speaking for the first time.

It is death for them here, but all they will do is to sit down!

Let us sit down on the parapet and try to realise the scene.

Then he said "Sit down" and began to speak on the telephone.

Telephassa bade him sit down on the turf beside her, and then she took his hand.

Sit down here on this bed, if you can find room, and I'll tell you all about it.


Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).

With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.

To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.