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participlenoun [C]

uk   /pɑːˈtɪs.ɪ.pəl/  us   /ˈpɑːr.tɪ.sɪ.pəl/
the ​form of a ​verb that usually ​ends in "ed" or "ing" and is used as an ​adjective: In the ​sentences "He's ​sleeping" and "I've already ​eaten", the words "​sleeping" and "​eaten" are both participles.

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  • The past participle of '​cook' is '​cooked'.
  • In Standard American, '​gotten' is used as a past participle of 'get'.
(Definition of participle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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participlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɑr·t̬əˌsɪp·əl, -sə·pəl/
grammar a ​form of a ​verb, often ​ending in "-ed" or "-ing" and used with ​auxiliaryverbs to make ​verbtenses, or to ​formadjectives
(Definition of participle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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