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[jer-uh nd]
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noun Grammar.
  1. (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 gen., dicendō, dat., abl., etc., “saying.”See also gerundive(def 1).
  2. the English -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in Writing is easy.
  3. a form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function.
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Origin of gerund

1505–15; < 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
Related formsge·run·di·al [juh-ruhn-dee-uh l] /dʒəˈrʌn di əl/, adjectivege·run·di·al·ly, adverbnon·ge·run·di·al, adjective

Usage note

See me.
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Related Words for gerund

deponent, gerund, infinitive, participle

Examples from the Web for gerund

Historical Examples of gerund

  • He writes omneis at length, and quidquid, and his gerund is most inconformable.


    John Earle

  • The gerund is n, nte, naqu xite, or nacatte 'since it is not.'

  • The negative present is voinu and the gerund in Do is voite.

  • Its preterit is saiguitta and its gerund in Do is saiguitte.

  • Well, if you have, how are you going to spot the gerund and the gerundive?

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for gerund


  1. 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
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Derived Formsgerundial (dʒɪˈrʌndɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for gerund

C16: from Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundum something to be carried on, from gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for gerund


1510s, from Late Latin gerundium, from Old Latin gerundum "to be carried out," gerundive of gerere "to bear, carry" (see gest). In Latin, a verbal noun used for all cases of the infinitive but the nominative; applied in English to verbal nouns in -ing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gerund in Culture



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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