past participle

[ past-pahr-tuh-sip-uhl ]

  1. a participle with past or passive meaning, such as fallen, worked, caught, or defeated: used in English and some other languages as an adjective, as in abrokenrecord, or along with an auxiliary to form perfect and passive verb constructions, as in We haveeaten and He waswounded.

Origin of past participle

First recorded in 1790–1800

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British Dictionary definitions for past participle

past participle

  1. a participial form of verbs used to modify a noun that is logically the object of a verb, also used in certain compound tenses and passive forms of the verb in English and other languages

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