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



BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrtɪsɪpl//
(grammar) Grammar
jump to other results
(in English) a word formed from a verb, ending in -ing(= the present participle) or -ed, -en, etc. (= the past participle) The past participle of ‘buy’ is ‘bought’. The present participle of ‘carry’ is ‘carrying’. See related entries: Grammar Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, by-form of participe, from Latin participium ‘(verbal form) sharing (the functions of a noun)’, from participare ‘share in’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: participle