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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pastpæst, pɑst(adj.)

  1. gone by or elapsed in time:

    The bad times are past now.

  2. of, having existed in, or having occurred during a previous time; bygone:

    past glories.

  3. gone by just before the present time; just passed:

    the past year.

  4. ago:

    six days past.

  5. having formerly been or served as; previous; earlier:

    past presidents.

  6. of, pertaining to, or being a verb tense or form referring to events or states in times gone by.

    Category: Grammar

  7. (n.)the time gone by:

    far back in the past.

  8. the history of a person, nation, etc.:

    a glorious past.

  9. what has existed or happened at some earlier time:

    to learn from the past.

  10. an earlier period of a person's life, career, etc., that is characterized by imprudent or immoral conduct.

  11. the past tense. a form in the past tense, as looked or ate.

    Category: Grammar

  12. (adv.)so as to pass by or beyond; by:

    The troops marched past.

  13. (prep.)beyond in time; later than; after:

    past noon.

  14. beyond in space or position; farther on than:

    the house just past the church.

  15. in a direction so as to pass by or go beyond:

    We went past the house by mistake.

  16. beyond in amount, number, etc.; over:

    past the maximum age.

  17. beyond the reach, scope, influence, or power of:

    past hope.

Origin of past:

1250–1300; ME; var. sp. of passed, ptp. of pass

Princeton's WordNet

  1. past, past times, yesteryear(noun)

    the time that has elapsed

    "forget the past"

  2. past(noun)

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

    "reporters dug into the candidate's past"

  3. past, past tense(adj)

    a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

  4. past(adj)

    earlier than the present time; no longer current

    "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"

  5. past(a), preceding(a), retiring(a)(adverb)

    of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

    "a retiring member of the board"

  6. by, past(adverb)

    so as to pass a given point

    "every hour a train goes past"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. past(preposition)æst, pɑst

    (of time) after, later than

    10 past 3 in the morning; just past 7 o'clock

  2. pastæst, pɑst

    beyond a particular position

    The drugstore is just past the parking lot.

  3. pastæst, pɑst

    beyond an amount or level, or beyond a limit

    The water has risen and is now past a safe level.; It's way past your bedtime kids.

  4. pastæst, pɑst

    too old

    The toaster is past it - we need a new one.

  5. past(adverb)æst, pɑst

    near and then to a position beyond

    a truck driving past

  6. past(noun)æst, pɑst

    the time before the present

    In the past, many people disapproved of divorce.; In history we study the past.

  7. pastæst, pɑst

    in grammar, the form of a verb that shows an action that happened before the present time

    Write three sentences in the past.

  8. pastæst, pɑst

    everything sb has previously done in their life

    actions in her past that she was not proud of

  9. past(adjective)æst, pɑst

    recently gone by

    The economy has slowed in the past few months.; She hasn't seemed very happy this past week.

  10. pastæst, pɑst

    having happened or existed in a time gone by

    Past experience tells me she won't listen to my advice.; Past attempts to change things have all failed.

  11. pastæst, pɑst

    gone by in time

    In years past, you could swim in the river.


  1. past(Noun)

    The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.

  2. past(Noun)

    The past tense.

  3. past(Adverb)

    in a direction that passes

    I watched him walk past

  4. past(Adjective)

    Having already happened; in the past; finished.

    past glories

  5. past(Adjective)

    Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago.

  6. past(Adjective)

    Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous.

    during the past year

  7. past(Adjective)

    Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state.

    past tense

  8. past(Preposition)

    beyond in place, quantity or time

Webster Dictionary

  1. Past

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

  2. Past(noun)

    a former time or state; a state of things gone by

  3. Past

    beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of

  4. Past

    beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour

  5. Past

    above; exceeding; more than

  6. Past(adverb)

    by; beyond; as, he ran past


  1. Past

    The past is a term used to indicate the totality of events which occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future. The concept of the past is derived from the linear fashion in which human observers experience time, and is accessed through memory and recollection. In addition, human beings have recorded the past since the advent of written language. The past is the object of such fields as history, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, chronology, geology, historical geology, historical linguistics, law, ontology, paleontology, paleobotany, paleoethnobotany, palaeogeography, paleoclimatology, and cosmology.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAST' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1133

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAST' in Written Corpus Frequency: #521

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAST' in Nouns Frequency: #552

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAST' in Adverbs Frequency: #285

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PAST' in Adjectives Frequency: #138

Anagrams of PAST

  1. APTS, pats, spat, stap, taps

  2. APTS

  3. Pats

  4. Taps

Translations for PAST

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


just finished

the past year.

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