From Middle Dutch sāke, from Old Dutch *saka, from Proto-West Germanic *saku, from Proto-Germanic *sakō. Cognate with English sake, West Frisian saak (cause; business), Low German Saak, German Sache (thing; matter; cause; legal cause), Yiddish זאַך(zakh), Danish sag, Swedish and Norwegian sak, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌾𐍉 (sakjō, dispute, argument).


  • IPA(key): /zaːk/
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  • Hyphenation: zaak
  • Rhymes: -aːk


zaak f (plural zaken, diminutive zaakje n)

  1. shop, small store, business
    Synonyms: handel, winkel
  2. (law) case, suit
    Synonym: rechtszaak
  3. thing, matter (general term with for a concept other than animate beings)
    Synonym: ding
  4. matter, affair, business
    Het is voor de gemeente ook een lastige zaak.
    It's also a cumbersome matter for the municipality.
    Wat je in je prive leven doet is je zaak.
    What you do in your private life is your business.
    Synonyms: kwestie, vraagstuk

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