- The definition of a present participle is a grammar term used to describe what a subject is doing or will continue to do.
An example of present participle is the word smiling in the sentence "he's a smiling baby."
present participle definition by Webster's New World
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Gram. a participle used
- with auxiliaries to show present or continuing action or state of being (Ex.: growing in “he is growing”)
- as an adjective (Ex.: growing in “a growing boy”)
present participle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A participle expressing present action, in English formed by the infinitive plus -ing and used to express present action in relation to the time indicated by the finite verb in its clause, to form progressive tenses with the auxiliary be, and to function as a verbal adjective.