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prior, completed, spent, former, previous, early, old, preceding, earlier, late, recent, history, anterior, antecedent, over, precedent, latter, ancient, bygone, yesteryear

Nearby words

passus, password, passy, passé, passé composé, past, past continuous, past life therapy, past master, past mistress, past one's prime

Origin of past

1250–1300; Middle English; variant spelling of passed, past participle of pass
Can be confusedpassed past paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for past

Word Origin for past

C14: from passed, past participle of pass


The past participle of pass is sometimes wrongly spelt past: the time for recriminations has passed (not past)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with past


In addition to the idioms beginning with past

  • past master
  • past one's prime

also see:

  • live in (the past)
  • not put something past someone
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