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present participle

noun [C] uk   us  
a form of a verb that in English ends in '-ing' and comes after another verb to show continuous action. It is used to form the present continuous. : In the sentences "The children are watching television", "The weather is getting colder", and "I heard him singing", "watching", "getting", and "singing" are present participles.
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