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English adjective: past

1. past earlier than the present time; no longer current


SamplesTime past.
His youth is past.
This past Thursday.
The past year.


Similarago, agone, ancient, bygone, bypast, chivalric, departed, early, erstwhile, foregone, former, former, former, gone, historic, historical, knightly, last, late, late, medieval, old, olden, one-time, onetime, other, other, prehistoric, prehistorical, previous, quondam, recent, sometime, then, ult, ultimo


See alsononcurrent, old, outgoing


Attributetiming


Antonymsfuture, present

2. past of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office


SamplesA retiring member of the board.


Synonymspreceding, retiring


Similaroutgoing


Antonymsincoming


English noun: past

1. past (time) the time that has elapsed


SamplesForget the past.


Synonymspast times, yesteryear


Broader (hypernym)time


Narrower (hyponym)auld langsyne, bygone, good old days, history, langsyne, old, old times, time immemorial, time out of mind, water under the bridge, yesterday, yore


Antonymsfuture, futurity, time to come, hereafter

2. past (time) a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)


SamplesReporters dug into the candidate's past.


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period


Part meronymlife

3. past (communication) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past


Synonymspast tense


Broader (hypernym)tense


Narrower (hyponym)preterit, preterite


English adverb: past

1. past so as to pass a given point


SamplesEvery hour a train goes past.


Synonymsby









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