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.”
Word by Word Definitions
: just gone or elapsed
: having existed or taken place in a period before the present : bygone
: beyond the age for or of
: at the farther side of : beyond
: time gone by
: something that happened or was done in the past
: the past tense of a language
: so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand
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