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sit down

1. To go from a standing to a sitting position. Everyone, please sit down and be quiet, and we'll begin our presentation shortly. I think you had better sit down for this. I sat down to take a break and have a drink of water.
2. To cause, compel, or force someone to go from a standing to a sitting position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "sit" and "down." My boss sat me down to have a talk about my productivity. We're sitting everyone down to let them know about changes that are coming down the line soon.
See also: down, sit

sit down to (do something)

To begin or prepare to do something while sitting. After putting it off all day, I finally sat down to do my taxes. I think it's important that we all sit down to eat together in the evening.
See also: down, sit

sit down

to be seated; to sit on something, such as a chair. Please sit down and make yourself comfortable. Can I sit down here?
See also: down, sit

sit down

1. Take a seat, as in Won't you sit down? I won't be long. [c. 1200]
2. sit down to. Prepare to eat a meal, as in At six we all sat down to dinner. [Late 1500s]
See also: down, sit

sit down

v.
1. To assume a sitting position; take a seat: She sat down to eat. Let's sit down in front of the television.
2. To cause someone to assume a sitting position, especially in a mandatory way: The principal sat me down and began lecturing. You need to sit down all your grandchildren some day and tell them your wonderful story.
3. sit down with To meet with someone in order to deliberate together or compare views: The foreign ambassador sat down with the president.
See also: down, sit
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When, as an adult, are you ever told to sit down? 1) When you are standing up and making an exhibition of yourself in front of her friends, drunk beyond comprehension.
Meanwhile, a member from treasury benches said "sit down", prompting Birla to say "who gave you directions to tell him to sit down".
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Matiangi said regional police commanders should sit down with officers below them and listen to them in order to achieve effective police service.
But Kearney insists he will sit down with the 33-year-old in the coming days with a view to handing him a new deal.
"Whenever any of the coaching staff sit down and go through certain bits, it's up to us to take it all on-board.
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John Cornyn of Texas said on Thursday that he wanted to sit down with one of the leading Senate Democrats to talk gun policy in the wake of Wednesday's mass shooting at a South Florida high school.
To break the impasse on Charter change (Cha-cha), Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday proposed that leaders of both chambers of the Congress sit down and agree on how they should vote on the issue.
Charging your audience to sit down! When you have already bought your ticket do you really want to pay PS60 to sit down with a cheap bottle of fizz?
"I thought it was better to sit down than fall down.
The singer's fan base (https://twitter.com/search?q=%40cue&src=typd) took to Twitter Friday to destroy Eddy Cue, the senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple, after he reportedly told her to "sit down" at Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on Thursday as the Golden Gate Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 113-91 victory.
They can also sit down at the service counter while a store employee talks through a potential special order with them.