Definition of "past" []

  • No longer current; gone by; over: His youth is past. (adjective)
  • Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone: past events; in years past. (adjective)
  • Earlier than the present time; ago: 40 years past. (adjective)
  • Just gone by or elapsed: in the past few days. (adjective)
  • Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one: a past president; a past inmate of a cell. (adjective)
  • Completed, finished, and no longer in existence (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Denoting or belonging to all or a segment of the time that has elapsed at the present moment (adjective)
  • Denoting a specific unit of time that immediately precedes the present one (adjective)
  • Denoting a person who has held and relinquished an office or position; former (adjective)
  • Denoting any of various tenses of verbs that are used in describing actions, events, or states that have been begun or completed at the time of utterance (adjective)
  • The history, experience, or background of a nation, person, etc (noun)
  • An earlier period of someone's life, esp one that contains events kept secret or regarded as disreputable (noun)
  • A past tense (noun)
  • A verb in a past tense (noun)
  • At a specified or unspecified time before the present; ago (adverb)
  • On or onwards (adverb)
  • Beyond in time (preposition)
  • Beyond in place or position (preposition)
  • Moving beyond; in a direction that passes (preposition)
  • Beyond or above the reach, limit, or scope of (preposition)
  • Beyond or above in number or amount (preposition) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "past" in a sentence
  • "While past performance would definitely seem to favor the Steelers, wise investors know that “past performance is not a guarantee of results."
  • "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all our people, both black and white, who, in the past year and before, made a contribution, however small, towards the new advances of our country further away from its painful past…"
  • "On the contrary, their impression would naturally be, that the past was, essentially different from the present, or why was it _past_?"