1. [ noun ] the time that has elapsed
Synonyms: yesteryear yore past_times

"forget the past"

Related terms: future time history bygone auld_langsyne time_immemorial yesterday old
2. [ adjective ] earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

Related terms: present future last old erstwhile earlier former other early late historic ancient ex historic prehistoric then bygone chivalric olden ago ultimo old outgoing noncurrent timing
3. [ adverb ] so as to pass a given point
Synonyms: by

"every hour a train goes past"

4. [ noun ] a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

"reporters dug into the candidate's past"

Related terms: time_period life
5. [ adjective ] of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
Synonyms: retiring preceding

"a retiring member of the board"

Related terms: outgoing
6. [ noun ] (grammar) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
Synonyms: past_tense
Related terms: tense preterit
7. [ pronoun ] preposition, to indicate movement through a point and continuing
Synonyms: by beyond

"They drove by my house." "It is beyond the bounds of good sense." "He looked past me."

8. [ pronoun ] preposition
Synonyms: beyond
9. [ adjective ] (grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time

"past participle"

Related terms: grammar
Similar spelling:   Pasty