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."

Learn More About the past

Dictionary Entries Near the past

the Passion

the past

the past perfect

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for the past

Cite this Entry

“The past.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20past. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!