Definition of participle
Origin of participle
Words nearby participle
How to use participle in a sentence
This is the termination of the present participle and verbal adjective derived from verbs in -a.
Bessoun (in French, besson) means a twin, and the participle expresses the idea, clasped together like twins.
"Nay, I wanna thinking-g o' that," Ned replied, strongly doubling the "g" that terminated the present participle.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
In this participle the termination -ing seems almost equivalent to that of the past participle: comp.
Trod (or trodden), past participle of tread: ‘to tread a measure’ is a common expression, meaning ‘to dance.’
British Dictionary definitions for participle
Derived forms of participleparticipial (ˌpɑːtɪˈsɪpɪəl), adjective, nounparticipially, adverb
Word Origin for participle
Cultural definitions for participle
The present participle is formed by adding -ing to the infinitive; it indicates present action: “The girl is swimming”; “I am thinking.” (Compare gerund.)
The past participle usually ends in -ed; it indicates completed or past action: “The gas station has closed”; “The mayor had spoken.”
Participles may also function as adjectives: “Your mother is a charming person”; “This is a talking parrot”; “Spoken words cannot be revoked.”