preterit

or pret·er·ite

[ pret-er-it ]
/ ˈprɛt ər ɪt /
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noun Grammar.

a preterit tense.
a verb form in this tense.

adjective

Grammar. noting a past action or state.
Archaic. bygone; past.

Nearby words

  1. pretensive,
  2. pretentious,
  3. preter-,
  4. preterhuman,
  5. preterist,
  6. preterite,
  7. preterition,
  8. preteritive,
  9. preterlegal,
  10. preterm

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

Related formspret·er·it·ness, noun

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