What does ‘sit’ mean?

The word ‘sit’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to support one’s weight by one’s bottom or be in a particular state.

For example:

  • Sit down and start listening. (support one’s weight)
  • Harry is sitting on a goldmine with his classic car collection. (in a particular state)

Sit is an irregular verb. The past tense is sat and the past participle is sat.

phrasal verbs with sit

Phrasal verbs with ‘sit’ include:

  • Sit about/around (do nothing)
  • Sit back (wait for something to happen)
  • Sit by (make no effort to help)
  • Sit down (sit on a surface)
  • Sit for (pose)
  • Sit in (wait inside)
  • Sit in for (take someone’s work/responsibility)
  • Sit on (sit on a surface)
  • Sit out (not participate)
  • Sit through (endure something boring)
  • Sit up (move to an upright position)
  • Sit with (stay with someone)
phrasal verbs with sit

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘sit’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with sit - sit about/around
phrasal verbs with sit - sit back
phrasal verbs with sit - sit by
phrasal verbs with sit - sit down
phrasal verbs with sit - sit for
phrasal verbs with sit - sit in for
phrasal verbs with sit - sit in meaning
phrasal verbs with sit - sit on meaning
phrasal verbs with sit - sit out
phrasal verbs with sit - sit through
phrasal verbs with sit - sit up
phrasal verbs with sit - sit with

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with sit below.

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