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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

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

  1. 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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