past

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From Middle English, past participle of passen (to pass, to go by), whence Modern English pass.

Noun[edit]

past (plural pasts)

  1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
    a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past
    • D. Webster
      The past, at least, is secure.
    • Trench
      The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed.
  2. (grammar) The past tense.

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Adjective[edit]

past (comparative more past, superlative most past)

  1. Having already happened; in the past; finished. [from 14th c.]
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, The China Governess[1]:
      The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
    past glories
  2. (postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago. [from 15th c.]
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 538:
      That had been, what, three years past?
    • 2009, John Sadler, Glencoe, Amberley 2009, p. 20:
      Some four decades past, as a boy, I had a chance encounter and conversation with the late W.A. Poucher [...].
  3. Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous. [from 15th c.]
    during the past year
  4. (grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state. [from 18th c.]
    past tense

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Adverb[edit]

past (comparative more past, superlative most past)

  1. in a direction that passes
    I watched him walk past

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past

  1. beyond in place, quantity or time
    the room past mine
    count past twenty
    past midnight
    • 2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, BBC Sport:
      But they were stunned when Glen Johnson's error let in Peter Odemwingie to fire past Pepe Reina on 75 minutes.

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past f

  1. trap (a device designed to catch and sometimes kill animals)
    past na myši — mousetrap

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past

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of passen
  2. plural imperative of passen

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Slovene[edit]

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past f (??? please provide the genitive!, ??? please provide the nominative plural!)

  1. trap