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/ ˈdʒɛr ənd /
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noun Grammar.

(in certain languages, as Latin) a form regularly derived from a verb and functioning as a noun, having in Latin all case forms but the nominative, as Latin dicendī genitive, dicendō dative, ablative, etc., “saying.”See also gerundive (def. 1).
the English -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in Writing is easy.
a form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function.



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Origin of gerund

First recorded in 1505–15; from Late Latin gerundium, Latin gerundum “that which is to be carried on,” equivalent to ger(ere) “to bear, carry on” + -undum, variant of -endum, gerund suffix
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ge·run·di·al [juh-ruhn-dee-uhl], /dʒəˈrʌn di əl/, adjectivege·run·di·al·ly, adverbnon·ge·run·di·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gerund

/ (ˈdʒɛrənd) /


a noun formed from a verb, denoting an action or state. In English, the gerund, like the present participle, is formed in -ingthe living is easy
gerundial (dʒɪˈrʌndɪəl), adjective
C16: from Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundum something to be carried on, from gerere to wage
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Cultural definitions for gerund

[ (jer-uhnd) ]

A form of a verb that ends in -ing and operates as a noun in a sentence: “Thinking can be painful.”

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