- preterit ( US )
- præterite ( archaic )
- IPA: /pɹɛtəɹət/, /pɹɛtəɹɪt/, SAMPA: /pr\Et@r\@t/, /pr\Et@r\It/
Recorded since 1340, from Old French preterit ( 13th century ), < Latin praeteritum ( as in tempus praeteritum "time past" ), the past participle of praeterire "to go by, go past", itself from praeter "beyond, before, above, more than" ( comparative of prae "before" ) + itum ( the past participle of ire "to go" ) .
Explanation of preterite by Wordnet Dictionary
- Preterit ( ?; 277 ), a. [L. praeteritus, p. p. of praeterire to go or pass by; praeter beyond, by + ire to go: cf. F. prétérit. See Issue.] [Written also preterite and præterite.]
1. ( Gram. ) Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an action or state as past.
2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by. [R.]
Things and persons as thoroughly preterite as Romulus or Numa. Lowell.
- Preterite a. & n. Same as Preterit.
Definition of preterite by GCIDE Dictionary