Meaning of PAST in English

■ adjective

1》 gone by in time and no longer existing.

↘recently elapsed: the ~ twelve months.

2》 Grammar (of a tense) expressing a ~ action or state.

■ noun

1》 (usu. the ~ ) a ~ period or the events in it.

↘a person's or thing's history or earlier life: the country's colourful ~.

2》 Grammar a ~ tense or form of a verb.

■ preposition

1》 to or on the further side of.

2》 in front of or from one side to the other of.

3》 beyond in time; later than.

4》 no longer capable of.

5》 beyond the scope of.

■ adverb

1》 so as to pass from one side of something to the other.

2》 used to indicate the passage of time: a week went ~.


not put it ~ someone believe someone to be capable of doing something wrong or rash.

~ it informal too old to be any good at anything.


~ness noun


ME: var. of passed , ~ participle of pass 1 .

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