past participle
noun Date: 1798 a participle that typically expresses completed action, that is traditionally one of the principal parts of the verb, and that is traditionally used in English in the formation of perfect tenses in the active voice and of all tenses in the passive voice

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  • past participle — n. Gram. a participle used a) with auxiliaries to express, typically, completed action or a time or state gone by (Ex.: spoken in “he has spoken”) b) with auxiliaries to form the passive voice (Ex.: eaten in “the snails were all eaten in a… …   English World dictionary

  • past participle — noun count LINGUISTICS the form of a verb used to make perfect tenses and passive forms of verbs. Past participles are also sometimes used as adjectives, for example cooked in the phrase cooked vegetables …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • past participle — n technical the form of a verb used with the verb to have in ↑perfect tenses (for example eaten in I have eaten ), or with the verb to be in the ↑passive (for example changed in it was changed ), or sometimes as an adjective (for example broken… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • past participle — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ the form of a verb, typically ending in ed in English, which is used in forming perfect and passive tenses and sometimes as an adjective, e.g. looked in have you looked?, lost in lost property …   English terms dictionary

  • past participle — noun a participle that expresses completed action • Syn: ↑perfect participle • Hypernyms: ↑participle, ↑participial * * * noun, pl ⋯ ciples [count] grammar : the form of the verb that is used with “have” in perfect tenses and with “be” in passive …   Useful english dictionary

  • past participle — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms past participle : singular past participle plural past participles linguistics the form of a verb used to make the perfect tense and passive forms of verbs. Past participles are also sometimes used as… …   English dictionary

  • past participle — /past ˈpatəsɪpəl/ (say pahst pahtuhsipuhl) noun a participle with past or perfect meaning; perfect participle, as fallen, sung, defeated. –past participial /past patəˈsɪpiəl/ (say pahst pahtu sipeeuhl), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • past participle — past′ par′ticiple n. gram. a participle with past, perfect, or passive meaning, as fallen, sung, or defeated, used in English and other languages in forming the present perfect, past perfect, and passive and as an adjective • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • past participle — Gram. a participle with past, perfect, or passive meaning, as fallen, sung, defeated; perfect participle: used in English and other languages in forming the present perfect, pluperfect, and passive and as an adjective. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

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