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Meaning of past by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) enPR: päst, IPA: /pɑːst/, SAMPA: /pA:st/
    • ( US ) IPA: /pæst/
    • Homophone: passed
    • Rhymes: -ɑːst


    From Middle English, past participle of passen ( “to pass", "to go by” )


    past ( plural: pasts )

    1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future .
    2. ( grammar ) The past tense .

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    past ( comparative more past, superlative most past )

    1. Having already happened; in the past; finished .
      past glories
    2. Relating to the past .
      past tense
    3. ( of a period of time ) the one before this one
      during the past year


    past ( comparative more past, superlative most past )

    1. in a direction that passes
      I watched him walk past



    1. beyond in place, quantity or time
      the room past mine
      count past twenty
      past Midnight

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    frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words: six « comes « stand « #496: past » suppose » else » entered


    • APTS, pats, spat, stap, taps

Explanation of past by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. so as to pass a given point

    2. every hour a train goes past
    1. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

    2. earlier than the present time

    3. time past
      his youth is past
      this past Thursday
      the past year
    1. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

    2. the time that has elapsed

    3. forget the past
    4. a earlier period in someone's life ( especially one that they have reason to keep secret )

    5. reporters dug into the candidate's past

    Definition of past by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Past a. [From Pass, v.] Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, “past troubles; past offences.” “Past ages.” Milton.

      Past master. See under Master.

    2. Past, n. A former time or state; a state of things gone by. “The past, at least, is secure.” D. Webster.

      The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed. Trench.

    3. Past, prep.
      1. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of. “Who being past feeling.” Eph. iv. 19. “Galled past endurance.” Macaulay.

      Until we be past thy borders. Num. xxi. 22.

      Love, when once past government, is consequently past shame. L'Estrange.

      2. Beyond, in time; after; as, “past the hour”.

      Is it not past two o'clock? Shak.

      3. Above; exceeding; more than. [R.]

      Not past three quarters of a mile. Shak.

      Bows not past three quarters of a yard long. Spenser.

    4. Past ( pȧst ), adv. By; beyond; as, “he ran past”.

      The alarum of drums swept past. Longfellow.