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Webster 1913 Edition


Past

Past

,
Adj.
[From
Pass
,
Verb.
]
Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent;
as,
past
troubles;
past
offences.
Past ages.”
Milton.
Past master
.
See under
Master
.

Past

,
Noun.
A former time or state; a state of things gone by.
“The past, at least, is secure.”
D. Webster.
The present is only intelligible in the light of the
past
, often a very remote
past
indeed.
Trench.

Past

,
p
rep.
1.
Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.
“Who being past feeling.”
Eph. iv. 19.
“Galled past endurance.”
Macaulay.
Until we be
past
thy borders.
Num. xxi. 22.
Love, when once
past
government, is consequently
past shame
.
L’Estrange.
2.
Beyond, in time; after;
as,
past
the hour
.
Is it not
past
two o'clock?
Shakespeare
3.
Above; exceeding; more than.
[R.]
Not
past
three quarters of a mile.
Shakespeare
Bows not
past
three quarters of a yard long.
Spenser.

Past

(pȧst)
,
adv.
By; beyond;
as, he ran
past
.
The alarum of drums swept
past
.
Longfellow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Past

P`AST

,
pp.
Gone by; done; accomplished; ended.
1.
Enacted; having received all the formalities necessary to constitute a law.

Definition 2021


past

past

See also: päsť

English

Noun

past (plural pasts)

  1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
    a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past
    • D. Webster
      The past, at least, is secure.
    • Trench
      The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed.
  2. (grammar) The past tense.

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Adjective

past (comparative more past, superlative most past)

  1. Having already happened; in the past; finished. [from 14th c.]
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
      The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
    past glories
  2. (postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago. [from 15th c.]
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, page 538:
      That had been, what, three years past?
    • 2009, John Sadler, Glencoe, Amberley 2009, page 20:
      Some four decades past, as a boy, I had a chance encounter and conversation with the late W.A. Poucher [...].
  3. Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous. [from 15th c.]
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in The Guardian:
      Sarkozy's total will be seen as a personal failure. It is the first time an outgoing president has failed to win a first-round vote in the past 50 years and makes it harder for Sarkozy to regain momentum.
    during the past year
  4. (grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state. [from 18th c.]
    past tense

Translations

Adverb

past (comparative more past, superlative most past)

  1. in a direction that passes
    I watched him walk past
  2. (Should we move(+) this sense?) Passing by, especially without stopping or being delayed.
    Ignore them, we'll play past them.
    Please don't drive past the fruit stand, I want to stop there.

Translations

Preposition

past

  1. beyond in place, quantity or time
    the room past mine
    count past twenty
    past midnight
    • 2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
      But they were stunned when Glen Johnson's error let in Peter Odemwingie to fire past Pepe Reina on 75 minutes.

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Most common English words before 1923: six · comes · stand · #496: past · suppose · else · entered

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Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /past/
  • Rhymes: -ast

Noun

past f

  1. trap (a device designed to catch and sometimes kill animals)
    past na myši — mousetrap

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑst
  • IPA(key): /pɑst/

Verb

past

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of passen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of passen

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Slovene

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpáːst/
  • Tonal orthography: pȃst

Noun

pást f (genitive pastí, nominative plural pastí)

  1. trap

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