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noun ger·und \ˈjer-ənd, ˈje-rənd\

Simple Definition of gerund

  • grammar : an English noun formed from a verb by adding -ing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gerund

  1. 1 :  a verbal noun in Latin that expresses generalized or uncompleted action

  2. 2 :  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 a sentence

  1. In the sentence Learning can be fun, learning is a gerund.



Origin and Etymology of gerund

Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundus, gerundive of gerere to bear, carry on


First Known Use: 1513

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