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Definition of past preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1on or to the other side of someone or something We live in the house just past the church. He hurried past them without stopping. He just walked straight past us!
  2. 2above or further than a particular point or stage Unemployment is now past the 3 million mark. The flowers are past their best. He's past his prime. She's long past retirement age. Honestly, I'm past caring what happens (= I can no longer be bothered to care).
  3. 3later than something half past two It was past midnight when we got home. His rent is past due (= it has not been paid by the time it should have been).
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