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ˈpɑr təˌsɪp əl, -sə pəlpar·tici·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. participle, participialnoun

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


  1. participlenoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: participium, Lat.

    A participle as is a particular sort of adjective, formed from a verb, and together with its signification of action, passion, or some other manner of existence, signifying the time thereof. John Clarke, Latin Grammar.

    The participles or confiners between plants and living creatures, are such as are fixed, though they have a motion in their parts: such as, oysters and cockles. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Participlenoun

    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. Participleadjective

    anything that partakes of the nature of different things

  3. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Participle

    pär′ti-si-pl, n. a word having the value of an adjective but regularly formed from a verb.—adj. Particip′ial, having the nature of a participle: formed from a participle.—adv. Particip′ially.[L.,—participiumparticepspars, a part, capĕre, to take.]

Editors Contribution

  1. participle

    A form of a verb that can function as an adjective or a noun.

    The past participle is used in some languages.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 17, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of participle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of participle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. investigating
    • B. purse
    • C. empire
    • D. value

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