Definition of gerund noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gerund

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdʒerənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒerənd//
 
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a noun in the form of the present participle of a verb (that is, ending in -ing) for example travelling in the sentence I preferred travelling alone. See related entries: Grammar Word Origin early 16th cent.: from late Latin gerundium, from gerundum, variant of gerendum, the gerund of Latin gerere ‘do’.
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