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present participlenoun [C]

uk   /ˌprez.ənt pɑː ˈtɪs.ɪ.pəl/ us   /ˌprez.ənt ˈpɑːr.tɪ.sɪ.pəl/
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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present participlenoun [C]

us   /ˈprez·ənt ˈpɑr·təˌsɪp·əl/
grammar a form of a verb that ends in "ing" and comes after another verb to show continuous action: In the sentence "The children are watching television," "watching" is a present participle.
(Definition of present participle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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