past meaning

[ pɑ:st ] Pronunciation:   "past" in a sentence
Noun: past  pãst
  1. The time that has elapsed
    "forget the 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" 
  3. A verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
    - past tense
Adjective: past  pãst
  1. Earlier than the present time; no longer current
    "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year" 
  2. Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
    - preceding, retiring
Adverb: past  pãst
  1. So as to pass a given point
    "every hour a train goes past"
    - by

Sounds like: passed

Derived forms: pasts

See also: ago, agone [archaic], ancient, bygone, bypast, chivalric, departed, early, erstwhile, foregone, former, gone, historic, historical, knightly, last, late, medieval, noncurrent, old, olden, onetime, one-time, other, outgoing, pastness, prehistoric, prehistorical, previous, quondam, recent, sometime, then, timing, ult, ultimo

Type of: period, period of time, tense, time, time period

Antonym: future, present

Part of: life

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  1. as i look back, scenes of the past leap before my eyes.
  2. there is no past history of renal involvement.
  3. it is no use grieving about past errors.
  4. these reminders of the past are everywhere.
  5. the bullets whistled past his ears.

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