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past participle

noun, Grammar
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • To join a word to a past participle to create a single adjective preceding the noun it modifies.
  • Print without a hyphen a compound predicate adjective the second element of which is a past participle.
British Dictionary definitions for past participle

past participle

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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