from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having gone before; previous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • That has gone before; previous; past; former.
  • Predetermined; made up or settled beforehand.

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

  • adjective past; -- used of time. Contrassted to present.

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

  • verb Past participle of forego
  • adjective previous, former
  • adjective bygone
  • adjective informal inevitable, predictable

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

  • adjective well in the past; former


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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