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transitive verb
1. (to place someone in a seat)
a. to sit
Senté a mi madre a mi lado.I sat my mother next to me.
2. (to establish)
a. to set
Sentamos las bases de la cooperación internacional.We set the foundations of the international cooperation.
intransitive verb
3. (clothing, color)
a. to suit
Ese vestido no te sienta bien.That dress doesn't suit you well.
4. (food)
a. to agree with
Me gusta el ajo, pero no me sienta bien.I like garlic, but it doesn't agree with me.
reflexive verb
5. (to be seated)
a. to sit
Prefiero sentarme al lado del radiador.I prefer to sit next to the radiator.
transitive verb
1. to seat, to sit (en asiento)
2. (establecer)
  • sentar las bases para to lay the foundations of
  • sentar precedente to set a precedent
intransitive verb
3. (comida)
  • sentar bien/mal a alguien to agree/disagree with somebody
  • algunos consideran que una copita de vino sienta bien some people think a glass of wine is good for you
4. to suit (ropa, color)
  • no le sienta bien it doesn't suit her
5. (vacaciones, medicamento)
  • sentar bien a alguien to do somebody good
6. (comentario, consejo)
  • le sentó mal it upset her
  • le sentó bien she appreciated it
pronominal verb
1. to sit down
  • sentarse a hacer algo to sit down and do something
  • siéntate take a seat
  • siéntate donde quieras sit wherever you like
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to sit; seat
2 (colocar) [+objeto] to place; place firmly
sentar las costuras to press the seams; sentar el último ladrillo to tap the last brick into place; sentar las bases de algo to lay the foundations for sth
3 (establecer) [+base, principio] to establish; [+precedente] to set
sentar una suma en la cuenta de algn (Com) to put a sum down to sb's account
5 (And) (Caribe) [+persona] to crush; squash
6 (And) [+caballo] to rein in sharply; pull up sharply
intransitive verb
1 (en el aspecto) to suit
ese peinado le sienta horriblemente that hairstyle doesn't suit her at all; that hairstyle looks awful on her
sentar bien/mal a algn [+comida] to agree/disagree with sb; no me sientan bien las gambas prawns disagree with me; unas vacaciones le sentarían bien he could do with a holiday
3 (agradar)
sentar bien/mal to go down well/badly; le ha sentado mal que lo hayas hecho tú he didn't like your doing it
sentar como un tiro
a mí me sienta como un tiro it suits me like a hole in the head (familiar)
pronominal verb
1 [+persona] to sit; sit down; seat o.s. (formal)
¡siéntese! (do) sit down; take a seat; sentémonos aquí let's sit (down) here; se sentó a comer she sat down to eat
2 [+sedimento] to settle
3 [+tiempo] to settle; settle down; clear up
4 (Archit) [+cimientos] to settle
Verb Conjugations for sentar
Gerund: sentando
Participle: sentado
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
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