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abbreviation (infl, en, abbreviation)
  1. (title) General
  2. (biblical) Book of Genesis
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noun
  1. (grammar) (uncountable) The genitive case; the inflection pattern (of any given language) that expresses origin or ownership and possession.
  2. (grammar) (countable) A word inflected in the genitive case; a word indicating origin, ownership or possession.
adjective
  1. (Grammar) Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses origin or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.
gerund Tweet Definition of gerund Like Definition of gerund on Facebook
noun
  1. (grammar) A verbal form that functions as a verbal noun. (In English, a gerund has the same spelling as a present participle, but functions differently.)
In the phrase "Walking is good exercise.", walking is a .
  1. (grammar) In some languages such as Italian or Russian, a verbal form similar to a present participle, but functioning as an adverb. These words are sometimes referred to as conjunctive participles.
In the Russian "ельз переходить улицу чита газету." (One shouldn"t cross a street while reading a newspaper.), чита'' "while reading" is a .
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noun
  1. (context, in Latin, _, grammar) a verbal adjective that describes obligation or necessity
  2. (context, less commonly, in English, _, grammar) a verbal adjective ending in -ing <ref name="Macquarie">the Australian Macquarie Dictionary (revised 3rd ed), second sense of Gerundive</ref>
govern Tweet Definition of govern Like Definition of govern on Facebook
verb
  1. (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  2. (transitive) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
Govern yourselves like civilized people.
a student who could not his impulses.
  1. (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
  1. (transitive) To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
a valve that governs fuel intake.
  1. (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  2. (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
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noun
  1. the body with the power to make and/or enforce laws for a country, land area, people, or organization.
  2. a group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory.
  3. the state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.
  4. the management or control of a system.
  5. the tenure of a chief of state.
grammar Tweet Definition of grammar Like Definition of grammar on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language.
  2. (linguistics) (uncountable) The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax).
  3. (countable) A book describing the rules of grammar of a language.
  4. (comptheory) (countable) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language.
  5. (comptheory) (countable) A formal system defining a formal language
grammarian Tweet Definition of grammarian Like Definition of grammarian on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who studies grammar
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adjective
  1. (linguistics) Acceptable as a correct sentence or clause as determined by the rules and conventions of the grammar, or morpho-syntax of the language.

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