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Definitions of participle

  1. A part of speech partaking of the nature both verb and adjective; a form of a verb, or verbal adjective, modifying a noun, but taking the adjuncts of the verb from which it is derived. In the sentences: a letter is written; being asleep he did not hear; exhausted by toil he will sleep soundly, -- written, being, and exhaustedare participles. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A word partaking of the nature of both adjective and verb. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Word partaking of the nature of both adjective and verb. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. A form of the verb that permits its use as an adjective or as a noun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. In gram., a word partly of the nature of a verb and partly of a noun. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. Anything that partakes of the nature of different things. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for participle

  1. Here boudant might at first thought be taken for an adjective, but it is a present participle used verbally and consequently invariable. – A Selection from the Comedies of Marivaux by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux
  2. A child whose vernacular is English will easily see that a bit is something bitten off, and so is smaller than the mouth; but that morsel means a bit is not so obvious to one who does not know that morsus, also, is the perfect participle of the Latin verb for bite. – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
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