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From Middle Dutch staen, from Old Dutch stān, from Proto-Germanic *stāną.



  1. (intransitive) to stand, to be upright
  2. (intransitive) to be, to be placed or located
    In Holland staat een huis.
    In Holland there is a house.
  3. (auxiliary, with te) Forms a continuous aspect. Although it carries an implication of standing, this is vague and is not strictly required or emphasized.
    Wat sta jij daar te koken?
    What are you cooking there?
  4. (intransitive) to say, to indicate in a written form
    In de grondwet staat precies wie de macht heeft in een land en hoe hij of zij die moet gebruiken.
    In the constitution it says exactly who's in power in a country and how he or she must use this power.


Inflection of staan (strong class 6, irregular)
infinitive staan
past singular stond
past participle gestaan
infinitive staan
gerund staan n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular sta stond
2nd person sing. (jij) staat stond
2nd person sing. (u) staat stond
2nd person sing. (gij) staat stondt
3rd person singular staat stond
plural staan stonden
subjunctive sing.1 sta stonde
subjunctive plur.1 staan stonden
imperative sing. sta
imperative plur.1 staat
participles staand gestaan
1) Archaic.


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