wezen

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋeː.zə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: we‧zen
  • Rhymes: -eːzən

Etymology 1[edit]

See zijn. The infinitive wezen (from Proto-Germanic *wesaną) is the original infinitive of the verb but has fallen into marginal use, typically in an informal register or in dialects.

Noun[edit]

wezen n (plural wezens, diminutive wezentje n)

  1. A being, creature
  2. (as the second part of a compound noun) system, sector, institution (in an abstract sense)
  3. (used absolutely, with definite article or possessive determiner) The essence of something
    Zijn vloek had haar in haar diepste wezen geraakt.His curse had hit her in her deepest core.
Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

wezen

  1. (only as the infinitive) Alternative form of zijn
    Je hoeft echt niet boos te wezen.
    There's really no need to be upset.
  2. (with postpositioned jullie) imperative plural of zijn
    Wezen jullie niet bang!
    Don’t you guys be afraid!
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

wezen

  1. Plural form of wees

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

wezen

  1. plural past indicative and subjunctive of wijzen