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take a seat

This page is about the collocation take a seat

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to sit down on a chair, bench, sofa, etc.

For example

  • I walked into her office and she told me to take a seat.

  • After standing for the national anthem, everyone took their seats again.

Note:
If someone says to you "this seat's taken" it means the seat you're about to sit in isn't free, and you shouldn't sit in it.

Quick Quiz

If someone points to a chair and says "take a seat", you should

a. stand there and nod

b. take the chair away

c. go and sit down

Contributor: Matt Errey