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Current vs. Past

Difference Between Current and Past

Current

belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now
keep abreast of current events
I started my current job in 2001
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Past

The past is the set of all events that occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future.
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Current

a body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement
ocean currents
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Past

No longer current; gone by; over
His youth is past.
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Current

a flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles
this completes the circuit so that a current flows to the lamp
magnetic fields are produced by currents flowing in the cables
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Past

Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone
past events.
in years past.
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Current

the general tendency or course of events or opinion
the student movement formed a distinct current of protest
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Past

Earlier than the present time; ago
40 years past.
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Current

Belonging to the present time; present-day
current events.
current leaders.
my current address.
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Past

Just gone by or elapsed
in the past few days.
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Current

Being in progress now
current negotiations.
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Past

Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one
a past president.
a past inmate of a cell.
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Current

Commonly accepted or used; prevalent
current fashions.
current technology.
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Past

(Grammar) Of, relating to, or being a verb tense or form used to express an action or condition prior to the time it is expressed.
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Current

Passing from one to another; circulating, as money or a rumor
current bills and coins.
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Past

The time before the present.
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Current

Running; flowing.
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Past

Previous background, career, experiences, and activities
an elderly person with a distinguished past.
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Current

A steady, smooth onward flow or movement
a current of air from a fan.
a current of spoken words.
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Past

A former period of someone's life kept secret or thought to be shameful
a family with a checkered past.
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Current

The part of a body of liquid or gas that has a continuous onward movement
rowed out into the river's swift current.
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Past

The past tense.
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Current

A general tendency, movement, or course.
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Past

A verb form in the past tense.
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Current

A flow of electric charge.
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Past

So as to pass by or go beyond
He waved as he walked past.
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Current

The amount of electric charge flowing past a specified circuit point per unit time, usually expressed in amperes.
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Past

Beyond in time; later than or after
past midnight.
a quarter past two.
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Current

The generally unidirectional movement of a gas or fluid.
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Past

Beyond in position; farther than
The house is a mile past the first stoplight. They walked past the memorial in silence.
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Current

The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction, especially (oceanography) nocap=a.
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Past

Beyond the power, scope, extent, or influence of
The problem is past the point of resolution.
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Current

(electricity) the amount of electric charge flowing in each unit of time.
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Past

Beyond in development or appropriateness
The child is past drinking from a bottle. You're past sucking your thumb, so don't do it.
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Current

a tendency or a course of events
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Past

Beyond the number or amount of
The child couldn't count past 20. See Usage Note at pass.
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Current

Existing or occurring at the moment.
current events
current leaders
current negotiations
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Past

The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past
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Current

Generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment.
current affairs
current bills and coins
current fashions
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Past

(grammar) The past tense.
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Current

(India) Electric; of or relating to electricity.
current bill
current shock
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Past

Having already happened; in the past; finished.
past glories
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Current

(obsolete) Running or moving rapidly.
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Past

(postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago.
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Current

Running or moving rapidly.
Like the current fire, that rennethUpon a cord.
To chase a creature that was current thenIn these wild woods, the hart with golden horns.
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Past

Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous.
during the past year
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Current

Now passing, as time; as, the current month.
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Past

(grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state.
past tense
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Current

Passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulating through the community; generally received; common; as, a current coin; a current report; current history.
That there was current money in Abraham's time is past doubt.
Your fire-new stamp of honor is scarce current.
His current value, which is less or more as men have occasion for him.
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Past

In a direction that passes.
I watched him walk past
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Current

Commonly estimated or acknowledged.
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Past

Beyond in place or quantity
the room past mine
count past twenty
What's the time? - It's now quarter past twelve midday (or 12.15pm).
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Current

Fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable.
O Buckingham, now do I play the touchTo try if thou be current gold indeed.
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Past

No longer capable of.
I'm past caring what he thinks of me.
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Current

A flowing or passing; onward motion. Hence: A body of fluid moving continuously in a certain direction; a stream; esp., the swiftest part of it; as, a current of water or of air; that which resembles a stream in motion; as, a current of electricity.
Two such silver currents, when they join,Do glorify the banks that bound them in.
The surface of the ocean is furrowed by currents, whose direction . . . the navigator should know.
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Past

Having recovered or moved on from (a traumatic experience, etc.).
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Current

General course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement; as, the current of time, of events, of opinion, etc.
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Past

Passing by, especially without stopping or being delayed.
Ignore them, we'll play past them.
Please don't drive past the fruit stand, I want to stop there.
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Current

a flow of electricity through a conductor;
the current was measured in amperes
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Past

(obsolete) pass
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Current

a steady flow (usually from natural causes);
the raft floated downstream on the current
he felt a stream of air
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Past

Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences.
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Current

dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;
two streams of development run through American history
stream of consciousness
the flow of thought
the current of history
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Past

A former time or state; a state of things gone by.
The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed.
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Current

occurring in or belonging to the present time;
current events
the current topic
current negotiations
current psychoanalytic theories
the ship's current position
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Past

Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.
Until we be past thy borders.
Love, when once past government, is consequently past shame.
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Past

Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.
Is it not past two o'clock?
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Past

Above; exceeding; more than.
Not past three quarters of a mile.
Bows not past three quarters of a yard long.
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Past

By; beyond; as, he ran past.
The alarum of drums swept past.
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Past

the time that has elapsed;
forget the past
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Past

a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret);
reporters dug into the candidate's past
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Past

a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
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Past

earlier than the present time; no longer current;
time past
his youth is past
this past Thursday
the past year
the present leader
articles for present use
the present topic
the present system
present observations
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Past

of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office;
a retiring member of the board
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Past

a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time;
past participle
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Past

so as to pass a given point;
every hour a train goes past
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