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

Examples of principal parts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden also has made ending Trump’s presidency after one term a principal part of his campaign message, and the new poll underscores the degree to which he is seen — and by a wide margin — as the Democrat best positioned to do that. Scott Clement,, "Poll shows Biden maintaining lead in Democratic race," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of principal parts

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Principal parts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of principal parts

grammar : the main forms of a verb

principal parts

noun plural

Kids Definition of principal parts

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

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