past tense

noun

Definition of past tense

  1. :  a verb tense expressing action or state in or as if in the past: a :  a verb tense expressive of elapsed time (as wrote in “on arriving I wrote a letter”) b :  a verb tense expressing action or state in progress or continuance or habitually done or customarily occurring at a past time (as was writing in “I was writing while he dictated” or loved in “their sons loved fishing”)

1813

First Known Use of past tense

1813


PAST TENSE Defined for English Language Learners

past tense

noun

Definition of past tense for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a verb tense that is used to refer to the past


PAST TENSE Defined for Kids

past tense

noun

Definition of past tense for Students

  1. :  a verb tense used to express an action or state having already taken place or existed <The past tense of the verb “run” is “ran.”>


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