• IPA: /ɪŋ/, /ɪn/, /ən/
  • (British) (southern North West England, northern West Midlands, Kent) IPA: /ɪŋɡ/
  • (British) (Kent) IPA: /ɪŋk/, /ɪŋɡ/
  • (US and Canada, sometimes) IPA: /in/, /iŋ/
  • (America, Canada) homophones en (some dialects)
  • (British, Australia) homophones en (some dialects)
  1. Used to form gerunds, a type of verbal nouns, from verbs.
    While forging the sword, something happened.; Trying to forge a sword, he has broken it.
  2. Used to form uncountable nouns from verbs denoting the act of doing something, an action.
    A making of a film; The forging of the sword took several hours of planning, preparation, and metalwork
  3. Used to form uncountable nouns from various parts of speech denoting materials or systems of objects considered collectively.
    Roofing is a material that covers a roof.
    Piping is a system of pipes considered collectively.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: -age
  • German: Use zu + infinitive
  • Italian: (first-conjugation gerund) -ando, (second- and third-conjugation gerund) -endo
  • French: -age, -tion, -ment
  • German: -ung
  • Italian: -zione (-azione, -uzione), -mento, (informal) -aggio
  • Russian: -а́ние
  • Italian: -tura
  1. Used to form present participles of verbs.
    Rolling stones gather no moss.
    You are making a mess.
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  • French: -ant
  • German: -end
  • Italian: (first-conjugation persent participle) -ante, (second- and third-conjugation present participle) -ente
  • Portuguese: -ando, -endo, -indo
  • Russian: -ающий
  • Spanish: -ando (verbs ending in -ar), -iendo, -yendo (verbs ending in -er and -ir)
  1. Forming derivative nouns (originally masculine), with the senseson of, belonging to’, as patronymics or diminutives. No longer productive in either sense.
    Browning, Channing, Ewing
  2. Having a specified quality, characteristic, or nature; of the kind of

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