Use the word "seat" when referring to a place to sit or the action of sitting:

  • You can have a seat over here.
  • Please, have a seat.
  • Are there any more seats available?
  • Is that seat taken?
  • I’m sorry, but someone is already sitting in this seat.
  • Someone is in my seat.
  • There are four seats at this table.
  • There are twenty seats in this row.
  • The seating in this theater is a little uncomfortable.

Sometimes you can use "seat" as a verb:

  • You may seat yourselves wherever you like.
  • Please, seat yourself.
  • A man who was seated at the back of the airplane complained about his seating arrangement.
  • Wedding guests were seated according to the families that they belonged to.
  • Customers will not be seated 30 minutes before the restaurant closes.

The word "seat" might appear with other words:

  • Make sure you wear your seatbelt when traveling in a car.
  • A seat cover will help extend the life of a chair.
  • A small child needs a special car seat in order to ride safely in a car.
  • You sit on a toilet seat when going to the bathroom.
  • A seat mate is the person who sits next to you on a plane or a train.
  • A seat cushion is the padded, removable section of a chair or a couch.

There are some expressions that use this word:

  • George always flies by the seat of his pants. (He does his work too quickly or without preparation)
  • The head of the company is in the hot seat after it was found that he broke several state laws. (in the hot seat = in trouble)
  • The protestors are demanding a seat at the table. (They want some sort of representation.)


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April 12, 2016