: a verbal noun in Latin that expresses generalized or uncompleted action
: any of several linguistic forms analogous to the Latin gerund in languages other than Latin; especially : the English verbal noun ending in -ing that has the function of a substantive and at the same time shows the verbal features of tense, voice, and capacity to take adverbial qualifiers and to govern objects
Examples of GERUND
- In the sentence “Learning can be fun,” “learning” is a gerund.
Origin of GERUND
Late Latin gerundium,
from Latin gerundus,
gerundive of gerere
to bear, carry on
First Known Use: 1513
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