1 on a chair, etc.
motionless, still

Just sit still!


He would sit quietly and watch what was happening.

in silence, silently

We sat in silence for a few moments.

calmly, patiently
just, merely, simply

She just sat there staring into space.

He simply sat there not speaking.

comfortably, uncomfortably
cross-legged, Indian-style (AmE), with your legs crossed

The children sat cross-legged on the floor.

She was sitting in her chair with her legs crossed.

bolt upright, erect, straight, upright

He sat bolt upright, hands folded in front of him.

awkwardly, demurely, primly, stiffly

She sat primly on the edge of her chair.


Elmer was happily sitting in his high chair.


Please sit down and let me talk to you.


Joan sat back in her chair.

Just sit back and enjoy the show.


I hate to be sitting around doing nothing.

side by side, together
let sb

Surely someone would stand up and let her sit down?

gesture for sb to, gesture to sb to, motion sb to, motion for sb to, motion to sb to

He motioned the young officer to sit down.


He was sitting against the wall.


The kids sat around a campfire.


She was sitting astride a horse.


We sat at a table in the corner.


The manager sat behind his desk.


She went and sat beside him.


He sat back in his chair and started to read.


Can I sit on this chair?


They sat opposite each other.


She sat under an apple tree.

a place to sit

Ann found a place to sit.

sit down (with sb)

I recently had a chance to sit down with Britain's Foreign Secretary.

sit and … , sit back and … , sit idly by and …  (figurative)

How can you sit back and watch him suffer?

We can't sit idly by and let this happen.

2 seem right/not seem right
comfortably (esp. BrE), easily (esp. BrE), happily, nicely, well
uneasily (esp. BrE)

His views did not sit well with the management line.

sit up
abruptly, quickly, suddenly

She slowly sat up and looked around.

sit up and take notice (figurative)

Their actions have forced us to sit up and take notice.

Sit is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑building, ↑judge, ↑magistrate, ↑parliament
Sit is used with these nouns as the object: ↑A level, ↑exam, ↑examination, ↑final, ↑paper, ↑practical, ↑test

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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