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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishseatseat1 /siːt/ ●●● S2 W1 noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 place to sit [countable]DSIT a place where you can sit, especially one in a vehicle or one from which you watch a performance, sports event etc πŸ”Š I was in the back seat and Jo was driving. πŸ”Š a 10,000-seat stadium πŸ”Š People were shifting in their seats, looking uncomfortable.2 official position [countable]PG a position as an elected member of a government, or as a member of a group that makes official decisionsseat in/on πŸ”Š a seat in the National Assembly πŸ”Š Promotion would mean a seat on the board of directors.Parliamentary/Senate etc seat πŸ”Š the Senate seat for Coloradowin/gain/lose a seat (=at an election) πŸ”Š He predicts that his party will gain at least 12 seats.hold a seat (=have a seat) πŸ”Š The Republicans hold 235 seats and the Democrats have 197. keep/hold onto a seat πŸ”Š Mr Adams is expected to keep his seat. πŸ”Š Labour held onto the seat with a 7% majority.safe seat British English πŸ”Š one that a party will not losemarginal seat British English πŸ”Š one that another party might easily win3 part of a chair [countable usually singular]DHF the flat part of a chair etc that you sit on πŸ”Š Don’t put your feet on the seat! πŸ”Š a wooden toilet seat πŸ”Š a broken bicycle seat4 β†’ baby/child/car seat5 β†’ seat of government/power6 β†’ seat of learning7 DCCclothes [singular] the part of your trousers that you sit onseat of πŸ”Š a rip in the seat of his jeans8 β†’ take a back seat (to somebody/something)9 β†’ on the edge of your seat10 β†’ do something by the seat of your pants11 β†’ in the driving seat12 β†’ in the hot seat13 house [countable]DHH a home of a rich important family in the countrysidefamily/country seat β†’ back-seat driver at back seat(2), β†’ window seatCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a place where you can sit, especially one in a vehicle or one from which you watch a performance, sports event etcADJECTIVES/NOUN + seatfreeExcuse me, is this seat free?an empty/vacant seatPatrick spotted an empty seat near the back.the front/back/rear seat (=in a car)Never leave bags on the back seat of a car.the driver's seatHe climbed into the driver's seat.the passenger seatThe cop in the passenger seat spun around to stare at him.a window/aisle seat (=one next to the window or the space between seats, for example in a plane)I'd prefer a window seat, please.a front-row seat (=one at the front of a theatre, sports ground etc)We had front-row seats.a ringside seat (=one in the front row at a sports event, especially a boxing match)We managed to get ringside seats, so we had a great view of the fight.a good seat (=one from which you can see well)I managed to get a fairly good seat, near the front.verbshave a seatWe had really good seats, just in front of the stage.have/take a seat (=sit down)Take a seat, please.book/reserve a seatYou can book seats online.show somebody to their seatA flight attendant showed them to their seats.go back to/return to your seatThe audience clapped as he returned to his seat.resume your seat formal (=sit down again)We resumed our seats for the second half of the play.save somebody a seat (=tell other people not to sit there)I'll save you a seat next to me.phrasesbums on seats British English informal (=used for saying that something or someone can attract a large audience)He is an actor who will put bums on seats.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a position as an elected member of a government, or as a member of a group that makes official decisionsverbshave/hold a seatThe Liberals now hold 292 seats in Parliament.win a seatThe following year he won a seat on the local council.gain a seat (also take a seat from somebody) (=win a seat from another party)At the next election the Republicans gained 12 seats in the Senate.Labour took over fifty seats from the Conservatives.lose a seatShe lost her seat at the last election.keep/hold onto a seat (also retain a seat formal) (=not lose it in an election)He is unlikely to retain his seat after next year's election.Labour managed to hold the seat, but with a reduced majority.contest a seat (also run for a seat) (=try to win it)Twenty-four candidates contested the five seats.He ran for the seat as a Republican.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + seata parliamentary seatHe and his followers won 10 of the state's 13 parliamentary seats in last month's general election.a Senate seata congressional seata Labour/Republican etc seat (=one that a particular party usually wins)Middlesbrough is one of the safest Labour seats in the country.a safe seat British English (=one that a party is unlikely to lose)Maidstone is considered a safe seat for the Conservatives.a marginal seat British English (=one that a party might easily lose)The party also successfully targeted marginal seats in key areas.
Examples from the Corpus
seatβ€’ Forza Italia has 110 seats, and Berlusconi has frequently changed his mind about whether Dini should stay in office.β€’ Communists catapulted from 45 to 157 seats in the 450-seat Duma to dominate a fractious chamber divided by eight political parties.β€’ Republicans hold 235 of the 435 seats in the House.β€’ Richard Corish held a seat in Wexford from 1921 until his death in 1945.β€’ a seat on the board of directorsβ€’ It was also a year when investment bankers took a back seat.β€’ 'Slow down!' yelled Ben from the back seat.β€’ a chair with a broken seatβ€’ He believes they will win in the new town areas where they already have the local council seats sewn up.β€’ When we arrived, every seat was filled, so we stood at the back.β€’ There was blood and broken glass all over the front seats.β€’ He leaned back in his seat and lit a cigarette.β€’ Our seats were right at the front of the airplane.β€’ His left arm was jammed tight against the side of the seat.β€’ comfortable padded theater seatsβ€’ There were three seats in our region, the Southeast.β€’ Who left the toilet seat up?β€’ There are two seats left in the back row.seat in/onβ€’ When suffrage came two years later she won a seat in the legislature, which she held for three terms.β€’ Before you put your key in the ignition, make sure you are seated in a comfortable position for driving.β€’ Labour scored its biggest successes in London, where it gained a dozen seats on an above-average swing of 3.4 percent.β€’ At the same time, the preferred applicants have the opportunity to compete for every seat in the class...β€’ McQuaid was seated in the armchair by the fire.β€’ Cheryl Russell was seated on the far side of the refectory, watching the simularity.β€’ Hundreds of temple volunteers ensured that you were seated in the exact spot marked out for you.family/country seatβ€’ He invested his business gains in building up an estate, purchasing as a country seat the former Carmelite priory of Aylesford.β€’ At length he returned to the boarded-up shell which had been his family seat for countless generations.β€’ The princess had arrived at Althorp, the Spencer family seat earlier in the day.