preterite

US preterit

grammar

noun

a tense of verbs used to relate past action, formed in English by inflection of the verb, as jumped, swam
a verb in this tense

adjective

denoting this tense

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Word Origin for preterite

C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterīre to go by, from preter- + īre to go
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