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Webster 1913 Edition


Preterite

Pret′er-ite

,
Adj.
&
Noun.
Same as
Preterit
.

Definition 2021


preterite

preterite

English

Examples
  • Preterite: I went
  • Present: I go
  • Future: I will go

Alternative forms

Adjective

preterite (not comparable)

  1. (grammar, of a tense) showing an action at a determined moment in the past.
  2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
    • Lowell
      Things and persons as thoroughly preterite as Romulus or Numa.
    • 1988, Clifford Geertz, Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author (page 19)
      Boas, Benedict, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Murdock, Evans-Pritchard, Griaule, Levi-Strauss, to keep the list short, preterite, and variegated, []

Translations

Noun

preterite (plural preterites)

  1. (grammar) The preterite tense, simple past tense: the grammatical tense that determines the specific initiation or termination of an action in the past.

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