the past

noun

Definition of the past

1 : an earlier time : the time before the present happy memories of the past In the past, there was a company luncheon every month.
2 grammar : a verb tense that is used to refer to the past : the past tense The past of "walk" is "walked."

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“The past.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20past. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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