from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. No longer current; gone by; over: His youth is past.
- adj. Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone: past events; in years past.
- adj. Earlier than the present time; ago: 40 years past.
- adj. Just gone by or elapsed: in the past few days.
- adj. Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one: a past president; a past inmate of a cell.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb tense or form used to express an action or condition prior to the time it is expressed.
- n. The time before the present.
- n. Previous background, career, experiences, and activities: an elderly person with a distinguished past.
- n. A former period of someone's life kept secret or thought to be shameful: a family with a checkered past.
- n. Grammar The past tense.
- n. Grammar A verb form in the past tense.
- adv. So as to pass by or go beyond: He waved as he walked past.
- prep. Beyond in time; later than or after: past midnight; a quarter past two.
- prep. Beyond in position; farther than: The house is a mile past the first stoplight. They walked past the memorial in silence.
- prep. Beyond the power, scope, extent, or influence of: The problem is past the point of resolution.
- prep. Beyond in development or appropriateness: The child is past drinking from a bottle. You're past sucking your thumb, so don't do it.
- prep. Beyond the number or amount of: The child couldn't count past 20. See Usage Note at pass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
- n. The past tense.
- adv. in a direction that passes
- prep. beyond in place, quantity or time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent
- n. A former time or state; a state of things gone by.
- prep. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.
- prep. Beyond, in time; after.
- prep. Above; exceeding; more than.
- adv. By; beyond.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gone by; belonging to a time previous to this; not present nor future: as, past time: one's past life.
- Hence In the predicate, ago.
- Spent; ended; accomplished; existing no more; over and done with.
- That has completed a full term and is now retired: as, a past (or passed) master in free-masonry. See master.
- That indicates or notes past time: as, a past participle; the past tense.
- n. The time that has preceded the present; a former or bygone time, or the events of that time; that part of the history, life, or experiences of a person or thing that is passed: as, to forget the past; an unfortunate past.
- Beyond in position; further than; also, by and beyond: as, the house stands a little past the junction.
- Beyond the reach of; at a point that precludes or makes (something) impossible or improbable; out of the reach, scope, or influence of: as, past redemption; past all sense of shame; past comprehension.
- Beyond in number or amount; above; more than; exceeding.
- Beyond the enjoyment of; over and done with.
- By; so as to pass and go beyond.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. earlier than the present time; no longer current
- n. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
- n. a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
- n. the time that has elapsed
- adj. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
- adv. so as to pass a given point
Middle English, from past participle of passen, to pass; see pass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, past participle of passen ("to pass, to go by"), whence Modern English pass. (Wiktionary)