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Definition 1: a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for past in the sense of this definition

(past is a kind of ...) a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

(... is a kind of past ) a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense

Definition 2: the time that has elapsed - [noun denoting time]

Samples where past or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • forget the past

Synonyms for past in the sense of this definition

(past is a kind of ...) the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

"he waited for along time" "it took some time before he got an answer" "time flies like an arrow"

(... is a kind of past ) time long past

(... is a kind of past ) past events to be put aside

"let bygones be bygones"

(... is a kind of past ) past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

(... is a kind of past ) the aggregate of past events

"a critical time in the school's history"

(... is a kind of past ) the distant past beyond memory

(... is a kind of past ) past times remembered with nostalgia

(... is a kind of past ) the recent past

"yesterday's solutions are not good enough" "we shared many yesterdays"

Definition 3: a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret) - [noun denoting time]

Samples where past or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reporters dug into the candidate's past

(past is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is part of past) the period between birth and the present time

"I have known him all his life"

Definition 4: earlier than the present time; no longer current - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where past or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • time past
  • his youth is past
  • this past Thursday
  • the past year

(past is similar to ...) in or of the month preceding the present one

"your letter received on the 29th ult"

(past is similar to ...) at a specific prior time

"the then president"

(past is similar to ...) belonging to or existing in times before recorded history

"prehistoric settlements" "prehistoric peoples"

(past is similar to ...) recently past

"the other evening"

(past is similar to ...) relating to time long past

"olden days"

(past is similar to ...) of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

"a late development" "their late quarrel" "his recent trip to Africa" "in recent months" "a recent issue of the journal"

(past is similar to ...) immediately past

"last Thursday" "the last chapter we read"

(past is similar to ...) belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

"historic victories" "historical (or historic) times" "a historical character"

(past is similar to ...) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

"the former president" "our late President is still very active" "the previous occupant of the White House"

(past is similar to ...) belonging to some prior time

"erstwhile friend" "our former glory" "the once capital of the state" "her quondam lover"

(past is similar to ...) belonging to the distant past

"the early inhabitants of Europe" "former generations" "in other times"

(past is similar to ...) characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages

"chivalric rites" "the knightly years"

(past is similar to ...) well in the past; former

"bygone days" "dreams of foregone times" "sweet memories of gone summers" "relics of a departed era"

(past is similar to ...) belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire

"ancient history" "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians" "ancient Greece"

(past is similar to ...) gone by; or in the past

"two years ago" "`agone' is an archaic word for `ago'"

(means also ...) of long duration; not new

"old tradition" "old house" "old wine" "old country" "old friendships" "old money"

(means also ...) leaving a place or a position

"an outgoing steamship"

(means also ...) not current or belonging to the present time

(... are attributes of past) the time when something happens

Definition 5: so as to pass a given point - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where past or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • every hour a train goes past

Synonyms for past in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where past or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a retiring member of the board

Synonyms for past in the sense of this definition

(past is similar to ...) leaving a place or a position

"an outgoing steamship"

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