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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ger•und /ˈdʒɛrənd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    Grammara form of a verb that functions as a noun, such as the -ing form of an English verb:The word writing is a gerund in the sentence Writing is easy. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ger•und  (jerənd), 
n. [Gram.]
  1. Grammar(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.''
  2. Grammarthe English -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in Writing is easy.
  3. Grammara form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function.
Etymology: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
ge•run•di•al  (jə rundē əl), 
adj. 
ge•rundi•al•ly, adv. 
See me. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gerund /ˈdʒɛrənd/ n
  1. a noun formed from a verb, denoting an action or state. In English, the gerund, like the present participle, is formed in -ing: the living is easy
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundum something to be carried on, from gerere to wage

gerundial /dʒɪˈrʌndɪəl/ adj




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