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past   WordNet 2.0

- a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

 
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- the time that has elapsed
"forget the past"

 
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- a earlier period in someone''s life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
"reporters dug into the candidate''s past"

 
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- earlier than the present time

- no longer current
"time past"
"his youth is past"
"this past Thursday"
"the past year"

 
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- a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time
"past participle"

 
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- so as to pass a given point
"every hour a train goes past"

 
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Past   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences. "Past ages." Milton.

Past master
See under Master.

 
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1. A former time or state; a state of things gone by. "The past, at least, is secure." D. Webster.

"The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed." -- Trench.

 
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1. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of. "Who being past feeling." Eph. iv. 19. "Galled past endurance." Macaulay.

"Until we be past thy borders." -- Num. xxi. 22.

"Love, when once past government, is consequently past shame." -- L'Estrange.

2. Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.

"Is it not past two o'clock?" -- Shak.

3. Above; exceeding; more than. [R.]

"Not past three quarters of a mile." -- Shak.

"Bows not past three quarters of a yard long." -- Spenser.

 
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1. By; beyond; as, he ran past.

"The alarum of drums swept past." -- Longfellow.

 
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