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participle

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noun par·ti·ci·ple \ˈpär-tə-ˌsi-pəl\

Simple Definition of participle

  • grammar : a form of a verb that is used to indicate a past or present action and that can also be used like an adjective

Full Definition of participle

  1. :  a word having the characteristics of both verb and adjective; especially :  an English verbal form that has the function of an adjective and at the same time shows such verbal features as tense and voice and capacity to take an object

Examples of participle

  1. In the phrases the finishing touches and the finished product, finishing and finished are participles formed from the verb finish.



Origin of participle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, modification of Latin participium, from particip-, particeps


First Known Use: 14th century

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participle

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noun par·ti·ci·ple \ˈpär-tə-ˌsi-pəl\

Definition of participle

  1. :  a form of a verb that is used to indicate a past or ongoing action and that can be used like an adjective <The word “smiling” in “the smiling child” is a participle.>





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