Definitions for: Past


[n] a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
[n] the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
[n] a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret); "reporters dug into the candidate's past"
[adv] so as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past"
[adj] earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
[adj] (grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time; "past participle"



Webster (1913) Definition: Past, a. [From Pass, v.]
Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present
nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past
troubles; past offences. ``Past ages.'' --Milton.

Past master. See under Master.


Past, n.
A former time or state; a state of things gone by. ``The
past, at least, is secure.'' --D. Webster.

The present is only intelligible in the light of the
past, often a very remote past indeed. --Trench.


Past, prep.
1. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the
reach or influence of. ``Who being past feeling.'' --Eph.
iv. 19. ``Galled past endurance.'' --Macaulay.

Until we be past thy borders. --Num. xxi.
22.

Love, when once past government, is consequently
past shame. --L'Estrange.



2. Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.

Is it not past two o'clock? --Shak.

3. Above; exceeding; more than. [R.]

Not past three quarters of a mile. --Shak.

Bows not past three quarters of a yard long.
--Spenser.


Past, adv.
By; beyond; as, he ran past.

The alarum of drums swept past. --Longfellow.

Synonyms: ago, agone, ancient, by, bygone, bypast, chivalric, departed, earlier, early(a), erstwhile(a), ex(a), foregone, former(a), gone, historic, historical, knightly, last(a), late(a), medieval, olden, once(a), onetime(a), other(a), past tense, past times, prehistoric, prehistorical, previous(a), quondam(a), recent, sometime(a), then(a), ult, ultimo, yesteryear, yore

Antonyms: future, future, futurity, hereafter, present(a), time to come

See Also: auld langsyne, bygone, history, langsyne, life, noncurrent, old, old, old times, outgoing, period, period of time, preterit, preterite, tense, the good old days, time, time immemorial, time out of mind, time period, water under the bridge, yesterday

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