Origin of past

1250–1300; Middle English; variant spelling of passed, past participle of pass
Can be confusedpassed past paste
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British Dictionary definitions for past

Word Origin for past

C14: from passed, past participle of pass

usage

The past participle of pass is sometimes wrongly spelt past: the time for recriminations has passed (not past)
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Idioms and Phrases with past

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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