bezitten

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch besitten, from Old Dutch besitten, from Proto-Germanic *bisitjaną (to sit near, sit among), equivalent to be- +‎ zitten. Cognate with German besitzen (to own, to possess), English besit (to suit, become) and beset (to surround, occupy).

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Verb[edit]

bezitten (past singular bezat, past participle bezeten)

  1. to possess

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Usage notes[edit]

Although verbs with be- are generally transitive, the passive construction is usually avoided for similar reasons as in English as bezeten refers to demonic possession. A construction with in bezit is preferred:

  • Het bedrijf bezit dit land - The company possesses this land
  • Dit land is in bezit van het bedrijf.

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