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  • n. Alternative form of preterite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an action or state as past.
  • adj. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
  • n. The preterit; also, a word in the preterit tense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bygone; past.
  • In grammar, expressing past time; past: applied especially to the tense which expresses past action or existence simply, without further implication as to continuousness, etc.: as, wrote is the preterit tense of write.
  • n. Time past; the past.
  • n. In grammar, the tense which signifies past time, or which expresses action or being as simply past or finished. Abbreviated preterit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense

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