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1past

adjective \ˈpast\

: having existed in a time before the present : from, done, or used in an earlier time

—used to refer to a time that has gone by recently

—used to say what someone or something was in the past

Full Definition of PAST

1
a :  ago <12 years past>
b :  just gone or elapsed <for the past few months>
2
:  having existed or taken place in a period before the present :  bygone
3
:  of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is expressive of elapsed time and that in English is usually formed by internal vowel change (as in sang) or by the addition of a suffix (as in laughed)
4
:  having served as a specified officer in an organization <past president>
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Examples of PAST

  1. She was hired based on her past experience in sales.
  2. <a past editor of the newspaper>

Origin of PAST

Middle English, from past participle of passen to pass
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PAST

2past

preposition

: at the farther side of (something) : beyond (a particular place)

: up to and beyond (a person or place)

: later than (a time)

Full Definition of PAST

1
a :  beyond the age for or of <past playing with dolls>
b :  after <half past two>
2
a :  at the farther side of :  beyond
b :  in a course or direction going close to and then beyond <drove past the house>
3
obsolete :  more than
4
:  beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of <past belief>

Examples of PAST

  1. The office is two blocks past the intersection.
  2. Turn left just past the stairs.
  3. We drove past the house.
  4. I must have walked right past her.
  5. He looked past me to the next customer.

First Known Use of PAST

14th century

Related to PAST

Synonyms
over, beyond
Antonyms
afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to

3past

noun

: an earlier time : the time before the present

: the events of a person's life, of a place, etc., before the present time

Full Definition of PAST

1
a :  time gone by
b :  something that happened or was done in the past <regret the past>
2
a :  the past tense of a language
b :  a verb form in the past tense
3
:  a past life, history, or course of action; especially :  one that is kept secret
past·less \ˈpas(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of PAST

  1. Past, present, and future are all linked together.
  2. The past of walk is walked.

First Known Use of PAST

1520

4past

adverb

: to and beyond a certain point or time

Full Definition of PAST

:  so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand <drove past>

Examples of PAST

  1. Several weeks went past before we heard from her.

First Known Use of PAST

1546
PAST Defined for Kids

1past

adjective \ˈpast\

Definition of PAST for Kids

1
:  of or relating to a time that has gone by <I've worked for the past month.>
2
:  relating to a verb tense that expresses a time gone by
3
:  no longer serving <a past president>

2past

preposition

Definition of PAST for Kids

1
:  2beyond 1 <We left at ten minutes past five.>
2
:  going close to and then beyond <She walked past my house.>

3past

noun

Definition of PAST for Kids

1
:  a former time <In the past trains went from here to New York.>
2
:  life or history of a time gone by <We're studying the nation's past.>

4past

adverb

Definition of PAST for Kids

:  so as to pass by or beyond <A deer ran past.>
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