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re- +‎ seat


  • IPA(key): /ɹiːˈsiːt/
  • Hyphenation: re‧seat


reseat (third-person singular simple present reseats, present participle reseating, simple past and past participle reseated)

  1. (transitive) To provide (e.g. a room) with more, or new, seats.
    We should reseat this cinema - the old seats are worn.
  2. (transitive) To seat (someone) again, to give somebody a different seat.
    We have to reseat you, sir: this seat is reserved for the guest speaker.
  3. (intransitive, rare) To sit down again.
    I reseated after standing up to applaud the prizewinner.
    • 1904, “Over the Steins”, in The Harvard Illustrated Magazine, volume 6, page 107:
      The justice watched his steady step and as he reseated, discovered that the girl was no longer among the spectators.
    • 1969, William Eleazar Barton, The Life of Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross:
      Startled at first, I rose from my seat to rush out, but suddenly remembering the evening and the occasion it occurred to me that my presence at that especial instant might not be desirable and I reseated.
    • 2015, J.E. Corbine, Treasure Territory:
      Then she reseated at the table after refilling Kenner's cup as she gator-smiled.
  4. (transitive, electronics) To plug (something) back into its socket.
    Try reseating your video adapter, and see if that fixes your computer's problems.
  5. (transitive, engineering) To fit (something, especially a valve) back into its place.
    To ensure that there are no leaks, clean the surfaces before you reseat the valve.