From Middle English besitten, from Old English besittan (“to sit round, surround, beset, besiege, hold, council, occupy, possess”), From Proto-Germanic *bisitjaną (“to sit near, sit among or around”), equivalent to be- + sit. Cognate with Dutch bezitten, German besitzen.
- (transitive, obsolete) To sit around; sit about; besiege.
- (transitive, obsolete) To sit upon.
- (transitive, obsolete) To sit properly upon, as clothes; to suit; become.