- the past tense, as he ate, he smoked.
- another verb formation or construction with past meaning.
- a form in the past tense.
Origin of past
Examples from the Web for past
In their past calls for attacks on Western targets, AQAP has focused on putting bombs on planes, not revenge attacks.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.
I gotta say—I think this past year was pretty bad for music.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
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The women and children were being hurried to the ships, and two ladies were hastening past my friend.The Angel and the Author - and Others|Jerome K. Jerome
It was a hope which came from something one of the great poets of the past had said, in prophecy.How to Tell Stories to Children|Sara Cone Bryant
One could see that, in both places, something like an old world dignity of life had in the past been kept up.A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs|George M. Wrong
The spirit and tendencies of the past century still persisted in the circles which were most permanently influential.The Idea of Progress|J. B. Bury
It seemed to Polly that the days fairly crept by, instead of galloping past as they had been wont to do in the last three years.Polly's Southern Cruise|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for past
- a past tense
- a verb in a past tense
Word Origin for past
Idioms and Phrases with past
In addition to the idioms beginning with past
- past master
- past one's prime
- live in (the past)
- not put something past someone