verbal noun

[ vur-buhl noun ]
/ ˈvɜr bəl ˈnaʊn /

noun Grammar.

a noun derived from a verb, especially by a process applicable to most or all verbs. In English, a verbal noun uses the -ing form, as in Eating is fun, or the infinitive form, as in To see is to believe. In Latin, examples of verbal nouns include dictiō “act of speaking, utterance” (from dīcere “to say, tell, speak”) and cantus “singing, song” (from canere ”to sing“).

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Origin of verbal noun

First recorded in 1700–10
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British Dictionary definitions for verbal noun

verbal noun

noun

a noun derived from a verb, such as smoking in the sentence smoking is bad for youSee also gerund
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