- past(def 12).
- a preterit tense.
- a verb form in this tense.
Origin of preterit
1300–50; Middle English < Latin praeteritus past, past participle of praeterīre to go by, equivalent to praeter- preter- + -i-, base of īre to go + -tus past participle suffix; as tense name < Latin (tempus) praeteritum
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Examples from the Web for preterit
Voi is the root of a verb which has a preterit in voita 'he was old.'
Its preterit is saiguitta and its gerund in Do is saiguitte.
The present tense of each of them is in origin a preterit, in function a present.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book
C. Alphonso Smith
In life, as in (that for him more truly actual thing) literature, it was always the preterit that enthralled him.And Even Now
I go come' means 'I shall go'; or, to mention the preterit, 'I go earlier' means 'I went.'Elements of Folk Psychology