from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Time past; the past.
  • noun In grammar, the tense which signifies past time, or which expresses action or being as simply past or finished. Abbreviated preterit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Gram.) Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an action or state as past.
  • adjective rare Belonging wholly to the past; passed by.
  • noun (Gram.) The preterit; also, a word in the preterit tense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US Alternative form of preterite.

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

  • noun a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense


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