take a seat

This page is about the collocation take a seat

collocation pattern: verb + noun


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.

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