A verb form which functions as a noun, in Latin ending in -ndum (declinable), in English ending in -ing (e.g. asking in do you mind my asking you?).
More example sentences
- First, a noun form of the verb, i.e. gerund or agentive noun, is combined with some other word to make a compound word.
- He also advises that one should use the active instead of the passive voice and gerunds instead of noun constructions.
- I once learned that you should put possessives before gerunds; that ‘rule’ is sometimes awkward and pointless, but maybe it has something going for it here.
early 16th century: from late Latin gerundium, from gerundum, variant of gerendum, the gerund of Latin gerere 'do'.
Definition of gerund in:
- The US English dictionary