preterit

or pret·er·ite

[ pret-er-it ]
/ ˈprɛt ər ɪt /

noun Grammar.

a preterit tense.
a verb form in this tense.

adjective

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

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 forms

pret·er·it·ness, noun
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