showing an action at a determined moment in the 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’;
Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
(grammar) The past tense.
(grammar) A grammatical tense or verb form serving to denote events that took place or were completed in the past.
Having already happened; in the past; finished.
Same as Preterit.
(postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago.
a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense
Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous.
‘during the past year’;
The preterite or preterit (; abbreviated PRET or PRT) is a grammatical tense or verb form serving to denote events that took place or were completed in the past. In general, it combines the perfective aspect (event viewed as a single whole; it is not to be confused with the similarly named perfect) with the past tense, and may thus also be termed the perfective past.
(grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state.
in a direction that passes
‘I watched him walk 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.’;
beyond in place, quantity or time
‘the room past mine’; ‘count past twenty’; ‘past midnight’;
Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences.
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.’;
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.’;
Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.
‘Is it not past two o'clock?’;
Above; exceeding; more than.
‘Not past three quarters of a mile.’; ‘Bows not past three quarters of a yard long.’;
By; beyond; as, he ran past.
‘The alarum of drums swept past.’;
the time that has elapsed;
‘forget the past’;
a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret);
‘reporters dug into the candidate's past’;
a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the 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earlier than the present time; no longer current;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’;
of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office;
‘a retiring member of the board’;
a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time;
so as to pass a given point;
‘every hour a train goes 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.