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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch setten, from Old Dutch setten, from Proto-West Germanic *sattjan, from Proto-Germanic *satjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sodéyeti, causative of *sed- (to sit).



  1. (transitive) to set, to put
  2. (transitive, printing) to typeset
    Synonym: letterzetten
  3. (transitive) to make ready, prepare
    Thee zetten.
    To make tea.
  4. (transitive) to put out (shoewear) overnight, traditionally at the fireplace, now sometimes at the door or radiator, so that Sinterklaas can leave treats or small gifts in it
    Heb jij van het jaar al een schoentje gezet?
    Have you already placed a shoe for Sinterklaas to leave gifts in this year?
Inflection of zetten (weak)
infinitive zetten
past singular zette
past participle gezet
infinitive zetten
gerund zetten n
present tense past tense
1st person singular zet zette
2nd person sing. (jij) zet zette
2nd person sing. (u) zet zette
2nd person sing. (gij) zet zette
3rd person singular zet zette
plural zetten zetten
subjunctive sing.1 zette zette
subjunctive plur.1 zetten zetten
imperative sing. zet
imperative plur.1 zet
participles zettend gezet
1) Archaic.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Afrikaans: sit
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: sete
  • Negerhollands: set, sit

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. plural of zet