Meaning of sit for in English:

sit for

phrasal verb

  • 1sit for someonePose, typically in a seated position, for an artist or photographer.

    ‘Walter Deverell asked her to sit for him’
    • ‘It was the subjects who served the artist by agreeing to sit for him.’
    • ‘One recalls Roland Barthes's formulation of photographic exposure of being posed in exteriority and becoming a specter in sitting for a photograph.’
    • ‘During this period, sitting for a photograph had a certain formality.’
    • ‘One day the husband of a woman who was sitting for a portrait by Picasso dropped in on the artist at his studio.’
    • ‘One hundred and five years after they sat for the photographer we are connected.’
    • ‘The Victorians hid their rotten teeth when sitting for portraits and photographs.’
    • ‘Few individuals in a century of heavy taxation have the wealth to support the arts but royalty still sits for portraits, even if the commissioning organization pays the artist.’
    • ‘East Riding Council is looking for a man or woman born before 1901, who would agree to sit for photographer Ian Beesley.’
    • ‘In both the 1901 and the 1888 works, the sunflowers are displayed on the seat of a chair, as if they had the status of a human sitting for a portrait.’
    • ‘The worst spoon-feeding comes late in the film, as Elise sits for a photograph.’
    • ‘It was the first time he sat for a formal portrait.’
    • ‘On September 10, 1665, during a sitting for his bust, the king got up to check on the likeness.’
    • ‘The heavy, slow equipment used in photography's first era made having a picture taken almost as demanding as sitting for a painter.’
    • ‘When sitting for his portrait, Oliver Cromwell ordered his portraitist, who wanted to pretty Cromwell up, to paint him ‘warts and all.’’
    • ‘Artists are also likely to make the portraits of important people look much more handsome than they really are to flatter the person sitting for a portrait.’
    • ‘A request was made that the entire squadron sit for individual portraits.’
    • ‘When they were first married, Christopher's aunt had insisted that they sit for a portrait.’
    • ‘Daniel Rowland was a self-effacing man, who only once consented to sit for his portrait.’
    • ‘British sculptor Ian Walters will make the statue, and Mandela has agreed to sit for him, organisers said.’
    • ‘He also sat for students at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.’
    pose, model
  • 2sit for somewhereBritish Be the Member of Parliament for a particular constituency.

    ‘since the war members of several parties have sat for Anglesey’
    • ‘He entered Parliament in 1818, sitting for several constituencies until returned for the City of London in 1841, which he represented until his elevation to the peerage as Earl Russell.’
    • ‘He was at last allowed back into Parliament in 1774 and sat for Middlesex until 1790.’
    • ‘Frankly, ministers don't like being told what they can and can't do with English education spending by an MP who sits for a Scottish constituency.’
    • ‘Pete Wishart, who sits for the Scottish Nationalist Party, felt the decision should lie with members of the Scottish parliament, and not with government down south.’
    • ‘After all, 96 per cent of all MPs since 1945 have sat for the Labour or Conservative parties.’
    • ‘The Legislative Assembly shall consist of 57 elected members who shall be returned and sit for electoral districts.’
    • ‘Apart from anything else, he sits for a Scottish seat, and it is infamous that the people of England should accept laws made by Scottish MPs when we English MPs have absolutely no say over corresponding issues in Scotland.’
    • ‘For the Health Minister, who sits for a Scottish seat, can impose policies on England for which he is not accountable to his own constituents because their health policy is decided by the Scottish Parliament.’
    • ‘But Lord Hoyle - who for many years represented Nelson and Colne and whose son Lindsay sits for Chorley in the Commons - said it was essential to get rid of the last vestiges of hereditary patronage.’