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past

EN[pɑːst] [pæst] [-æst] [-ɑːst]
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  • The past is a term used to indicate the totality of events which occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future.
  • The past is the object of such fields as history, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, chronology, geology, historical geology, historical linguistics, law, ontology, paleontology, paleobotany, paleoethnobotany, palaeogeography, paleoclimatology,
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    Definition of past in English Dictionary

  • NounPLpasts
    1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
      1. a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past
    2. (grammar) The past tense.
    3. AdjectiveCOMmore pastSUPmost past
      1. Having already happened; in the past; finished.
        1. The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
      2. (postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago.
        1. Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous.
          1. Sarkozy's total will be seen as a personal failure. It is the first time an outgoing president has failed to win a first-round vote in the past 50 years and makes it harder for Sarkozy to regain momentum.
        2. (grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state.
          1. past tense ‎
      3. AdverbCOMmore pastSUPmost past
        1. in a direction that passes.
          1. I watched him walk past
        2. Passing by, especially without stopping or being delayed.
          1. Ignore them, we'll play past them.
          2. Please don't drive past the fruit stand, I want to stop there.
      4. Preposition
        1. beyond in place, quantity or time.
          1. the room past mine
          2. count past twenty
          3. past midnight
      5. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • He tried to put one past the band director by giving her a jalapeño-flavored lollipop.
          • I know in the past I've been a giant twat, but all the hard work I've done since then is to redeem myself. I just want to do something useful, and I'm sorry if I cock it up sometimes.
          • I'm sure he's off having a wank for the third time in the past hour.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • His image reflected from the shop window as he walked past.
          • This guy is right up on my tail, so I will slow down to let him past.
          • Spreads on bond yields in a common currency today comove across emerging markets to a much higher degree than they did in the past.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Adverbs
            • Nouns
              • Countable nouns
              • Prepositions
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              Source: Wiktionary
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              Meaning of past for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "past" is an adjective. It's also an adverb. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a preposition.
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