Definitions for participleˈpɑr təˌsɪp əl, -sə pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. participle, participial(noun)

    a non-finite form of the verb; in English it is used adjectivally and to form compound tenses


  1. participle(Noun)

    A form of a verb that may function as an adjective or noun. English has two types of participles: the present participle and the past participle.

  2. Origin: From participle (1388), ‘a noun-adjective’, variant of participe, from participium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Participle(noun)

    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

  2. Participle(adj)

    anything that partakes of the nature of different things

  3. Origin: [F. participe, L. participium, fr. particeps sharing, participant; pars, gen. partis, a part + capere to take. See Participate.]


  1. Participle

    A participle is a form of a verb that is used in a sentence to modify a noun or noun phrase, and thus plays a role similar to that of an adjective or adverb. It is one of the types of non-finite verb forms. Its name comes from the Latin participium, a calque of Greek metochḗ "partaking" or "sharing"; it is so named because the Ancient Greek and Latin participles "share" some of the categories of the adjective or noun and some of those of the verb. Participles may correspond to the active voice, where the modified noun is taken to represent the agent of the action denoted by the verb; or to the passive voice, where the modified noun represents the patient of that action. Participles in particular languages are also often associated with certain verbal aspects or tenses. The two types of participle in English are traditionally called the present participle, and the past participle.

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