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noun [countable] linguistics participle pronunciation in British English /pɑː(r)ˈtɪsɪp(ə)l/participle pronunciation in British English /ˈpɑː(r)tɪsɪp(ə)l/
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  1. in English, the present participle (‘-ing’ form) and the past participle (‘-ed’ form) of a verb, that are used for forming different tenses, in non-finite clauses, in passives, and as modifiers. For example in the sentences ‘Are you listening?', ‘After graduating she worked as a bus driver’, ‘Lunch is served at noon’, and ‘He begins the season with an injured foot’ the wordslistening’, ‘graduating’, served’, and ‘injured’ are all participles.


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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