Meaning of PAST in English


Pronunciation: ' past

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of passen to passive

Date: 14th century

1 a : AGO <12 years past > b : just gone or elapsed <for the past few months>

2 : having existed or taken place in a period before the present : BYGONE

3 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is expressive of elapsed time and that in English is usually formed by internal vowel change (as in sang ) or by the addition of a suffix (as in laughed )

4 : having served as a specified officer in an organization < past president>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.