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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  • No longer current; gone by; over: His youth is past.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)

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.

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_?"