principal parts

plural noun

Definition of principal parts

: a series of verb forms from which all the other forms of a verb can be derived including in English the infinitive, the past tense, and the present and past participles

First Known Use of principal parts

1714


PRINCIPAL PARTS Defined for English Language Learners

principal parts

noun

Definition of principal parts for English Language Learners

  • grammar : the main forms of a verb


PRINCIPAL PARTS Defined for Kids

principal parts

noun plural

Definition of principal parts for Students

: the infinitive, the past tense, and the past and present participles of an English verb

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