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Meaning & Definition of Past in English

English

Past

/pæst/

noun

1. The time that has elapsed

  • "Forget the past"
    synonym:
  • past
  • ,
  • past times
  • ,
  • yesteryear

2. A earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

  • "Reporters dug into the candidate's past"
    synonym:
  • past

3. A verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

    synonym:
  • past
  • ,
  • past tense

adjective

1. Earlier than the present time

  • No longer current
  • "Time past"
  • "His youth is past"
  • "This past thursday"
  • "The past year"
    synonym:
  • past

2. Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

  • "A retiring member of the board"
    synonym:
  • past(a)
  • ,
  • preceding(a)
  • ,
  • retiring(a)

adverb

1. So as to pass a given point

  • "Every hour a train goes past"
    synonym:
  • by
  • ,
  • past

Examples of using

You need to stop living in the past.
We'll be there at half past two.
"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -- Albert Einstein