What does past mean?

Definitions for pastpæst, pɑst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word past.

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    earlier than the present time; no longer current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"


  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

  7. Origin: [From Pass, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Past

    past, pa.p. of Pass.—adj. gone by: elapsed: ended: now retired from service: in time already passed.—prep. farther than: out of reach of: no longer capable of.—adv. by.—The past, that which has passed, esp. time.

Suggested Resources

  1. PAST

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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 for past »

  1. APTS, pats, spat, stap, taps

  2. APTS

  3. Pats

  4. Taps


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of past in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of past in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rajitha Senaratne:

    Media houses will not be torched, all the past killings and attacks of journalists will be probed. Also there won't be any phone tapping as in the past.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    In past weeks, including the past day, ministers Lapid and Livni have harshly attacked the government that I head. I will no longer tolerate an opposition inside the government.

  3. Dennis Mitchell:

    In terms of dealing with my past, all parties that were involved were very respectful of my past and, in my opinion, didn't really use that as a driving force, but I think there obviously are people out there that have strong feelings about my past ... and didn't support me being the relay coach.

  4. Barack Obama:

    One of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better, rather than another reason to refight old arguments, I hope that today's report can help us leave these techniques where they belong—in the past.

  5. Radu Jude:

    I was interested in making a film that explored the connection between past and present... and namely how past problems still shape mentalities today, i also wanted to pose the question, how do we judge the behavior of someone in the past, whose behavior was sanctioned by the laws and traditions of that age.

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Translations for past

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الماضي, ماضٍArabic
  • мінулаеBelarusian
  • миналоBulgarian
  • minulý, minulostCzech
  • Vergangenheit, Präteritum, vergangen, vorbeiGerman
  • παρελθών, τα περασμένα, πρότερος, παρελθόν, πρωτύτερος, περασμένος, πρώην, αόριστος, τέως, επέκεινα, πέρα, παρελθοντικόςGreek
  • preter, estintecoEsperanto
  • pretérito, pasadoSpanish
  • گذشتهPersian
  • mennyt, ohi, menneisyys, yli, viime, imperfekti, jälkeenFinnish
  • dernière, passé, passée, dernier, aprèsFrench
  • tar éis, i ndiaidh, caiteIrish
  • seach, an dèidh, seachadScottish Gaelic
  • עברHebrew
  • अतीतHindi
  • múlt, múlt időHungarian
  • passatoInterlingua
  • passatoItalian
  • 過去形, 過去, 過去時制Japanese
  • 과거형, 지나간, 이전의, 과거, 過去, 과거의Korean
  • ອາດີດLao
  • pagātne, pagājisLatvian
  • muaMāori
  • минатоMacedonian
  • passat, passataMaltese
  • ရှေးBurmese
  • verleden tijd, voorbije, verleden, voorbij, verder, vervlogene, afgelopenDutch
  • preteritum, forbi, bortenfor, fortidNorwegian
  • przeszłość, czas przeszłyPolish
  • passado, pretéritoPortuguese
  • trecut, trecutăRomanian
  • былое, мимо, прошлый, прошедшее время, прошлоеRussian
  • próšlo, prošlo vreme, прошлост, prošla, prošlost, prošliSerbo-Croatian
  • minulosťSlovak
  • preteklik, preteklostSlovene
  • förflutnaSwedish
  • గత, పూర్వం, భూతకాలము, గతించిన, గతకాలం, జరిగిన, వెనుక, పూర్వపు, గతం, పోయింది, జరిగిందిTelugu
  • อดีตThai
  • geçtiğimiz, geçmiş zaman, geçen, geçmiş, öncekiTurkish
  • минулеUkrainian
  • quá khứ, 過去Vietnamese

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