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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.


besit ‎(third-person singular simple present besits, present participle besitting, simple past besat, past participle besat or besitten)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To sit around; sit about; besiege.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To sit upon.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To sit properly upon, as clothes; to suit; become.

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