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1‘enough seats for the audience/spectators’
chair, place, space
seating, seating accommodation, room
2‘the patient can then move his seat or legs’
buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, rump, haunches, hindquarters, cheeks
informal sit-upon, stern, BTM, tochus, rusty dusty
British informal bum, botty, prat, jacksie
Scottish informal bahookie
North American informal butt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, bazoo, bippy
West Indian informal batty, rass
humorous fundament, posterior
British vulgar slang arse, clunge
North American vulgar slang ass
3‘the seat of government’
headquarters, location, site, whereabouts, place, base, centre, nerve centre, nucleus, centre of activity, centre of operations, hub, focus, focal point, heart
4‘the family had a country seat in Surrey’
residence, ancestral home, mansion, stately home, abode
1‘they seated themselves round the table’
position, put, place, stand, station
install, settle, arrange, dispose, array, range, deploy
informal plonk, park
2‘the hall seats 500’
have room for, contain, take, sit, hold, accommodate
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