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Past
See also: pást and päs?

English

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Etymology

From Middle English, past participle of passen ("to pass, to go by"), whence Modern English pass.

Pronunciation

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
    • (Can we date this quote by D. Webster and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The past, at least, is secure.
    • (Can we date this quote by Trench and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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Translations

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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[1]:
      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[2]:
      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
    Synonym: by
    I watched him walk past
  2. (Should we move, merge or split(+) 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.

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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[3]:
      But they were stunned when Glen Johnson's error let in Peter Odemwingie to fire past Pepe Reina on 75 minutes.
  2. No longer capable of.
    I'm past caring what he thinks of me.
  3. Having recovered or moved on from (a traumatic experience, etc.).

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Verb

past

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of pass
    • (Can we date this quote by Vicars and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), Virgil
      Great Tuscane dames, as she their towns past by, / Wisht her their daughter-in-law, but frustrately.

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Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

past f

  1. trap (a device designed to catch and sometimes kill animals)
    past na my?i -- mousetrap

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

past

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

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Slovene

Pronunciation

Noun

p?st f

  1. trap

Inflection

Feminine, i-stem, mobile accent
nom. sing. pást
gen. sing. pastí
singular dual plural
nominative pást pastí pastí
accusative pást pastí pastí
genitive pastí pastí pastí
dative pásti pastéma pastém
locative pásti pastéh pastéh
instrumental pastjó pastéma pastmí

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