/past / (say pahst)

1. Rare past participle and occasional past tense of pass.
2. gone by in time.
3. belonging to, or having existed or occurred in time previous to this.
4. gone by just before the present time; just passed: the past year.
5. ago.
6. having served a term in an office: past president.
7. Grammar designating a tense, or other verb formation or construction, which refers to events or states in time gone by. For example, in the sentence It happened last year, happened is in the past tense.
8. the time gone by: far back in the past.
9. the events of that time: to forget the past.
10. a past history, life, career, etc.: a glorious past.
11. a past career which is kept concealed: a woman with a past.
12. Grammar
a. the past tense, as she ate; she smoked.
b. another verb formation or construction with past meaning.
c. a form therein.
13. so as to pass by or beyond; by: the troops marched past.
14. beyond in time; after: past noon.
15. beyond in position; farther on than: the house past the church.
16. beyond in amount, number, etc.
17. beyond the reach, scope, influence, or power of: past belief.
phrase Colloquial
18. a colourful past, (euphemistic) a private history full of disreputable incidents.
19. be past it, to have reached an age at which one loses various performance capacities.
{see pass (verb)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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