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Meaning of gerund

ger•und

Pronunciation: (jer'und), [key]
— n. Gram.
  1. (in certain languages, as Latin) a form regularly derived from a verb and functioning as a noun, having in Latin all case forms but the nominative, as Latin dicendī gen., dicendō, dat., abl., etc., “saying.”
  2. the English -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as writing in Writing is easy.
  3. a form similar to the Latin gerund in meaning or function.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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