From Middle Dutch sitten, from Old Dutch sitten, from Proto-Germanic *sitjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sed-.


  • IPA(key): /ˈzɪtə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: zit‧ten
  • Rhymes: -ɪtən



  1. (intransitive) to sit
  2. (intransitive) to be, to be placed or located
    Ik zit in de trein.
    I am on the train.
    (literally, “I sit in the train.”)
    Synonyms: liggen, lopen, staan, zijn
  3. (auxiliary, with te) Forms a continuous aspect. Although it carries an implication of sitting, this is vague and is not strictly required or emphasized.
    Terwijl jij rustig je tijd neemt, zit ik hier voor niets te wachten.
    While you're taking your time, I am waiting here for nothing.


Inflection of zitten (strong class 5)
infinitive zitten
past singular zat
past participle gezeten
infinitive zitten
gerund zitten n
present tense past tense
1st person singular zit zat
2nd person sing. (jij) zit zat
2nd person sing. (u) zit zat
2nd person sing. (gij) zit zat
3rd person singular zit zat
plural zitten zaten
subjunctive sing.1 zitte zate
subjunctive plur.1 zitten zaten
imperative sing. zit
imperative plur.1 zit
participles zittend gezeten
1) Archaic.

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