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1preterit

adjective pret·er·it \ˈpre-tə-rət\

Definition of PRETERIT

archaic
:  bygone, former

Variants of PRETERIT

pret·er·it or pret·er·ite \ˈpre-tə-rət\
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Origin of PRETERIT

Middle English preterit, from Anglo-French, from Latin praeteritus, from past participle of praeterire to go by, pass, from praeter beyond, past, by (from comparative of prae before) + ire to go — more at for, issue
First Known Use: 14th century

2preterit

noun

Definition of PRETERIT

Variants of PRETERIT

preterit or preterite

First Known Use of PRETERIT

14th century

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