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past

adjective \ ˈpast \

Definition of past

1 a :ago
  • 12 years past
  • started working on this project 10 years past
b :just gone or elapsed
  • for the past few months
  • I spoke with him this past weekend.
2 :having existed or taken place in a period before the present :bygone
  • In past winters, we have had much more snow.
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
  • past champions

Examples of past in a Sentence

  1. She was hired based on her past experience in sales.

  2. a past editor of the newspaper

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Origin and Etymology of past

Middle English, from past participle of passen to pass


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past

preposition

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 in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of past

see 1past

past Synonyms

Synonyms
over, beyond
Antonyms
afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to
Related Words
outside
Near Antonyms
inside

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past

noun

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

pastless

play \ˈpas(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of past in a Sentence

  1. Past, present, and future are all linked together.

  2. The past of “walk” is “walked.”

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Origin and Etymology of past

see 1past


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past

adverb

Definition of past

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

Examples of past in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of past

see 1past


PAST Defined for English Language Learners

past

adjective

Definition of past for English Language Learners

  • : 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


past

preposition

Definition of past for English Language Learners

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

  • : up to and beyond (a person or place)

  • : later than (a time)


past

noun

Definition of past for English Language Learners

  • : an earlier time : the time before the present

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


past

adverb

Definition of past for English Language Learners

  • : to and beyond a certain point or time


PAST Defined for Kids

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past

adjective \ ˈpast \

Definition of past for Students

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

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past

preposition

Definition of past for Students

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

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past

noun

Definition of past for Students

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.

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past

adverb

Definition of past for Students

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


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