Meaning of PAST in English

I. ˈpast adjective

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

Date: 14th century


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

II. preposition

Date: 14th century


a. : beyond the age for or of

past playing with dolls

b. : after

half past two


a. : at the farther side of : beyond

b. : in a course or direction going close to and then beyond

drove past the house

3. obsolete : more than

4. : beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of

past belief

III. noun

Date: 1520


a. : time gone by

b. : something that happened or was done in the past

regret the past


a. : the past tense of a language

b. : a verb form in the past tense

3. : a past life, history, or course of action ; especially : one that is kept secret

• past·less ˈpas(t)-ləs adjective

IV. adverb

Date: 1546

: so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand

drove past

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