Definition of past adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    past

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//pɑːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæst//
     
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  1. 1  gone by in time in past years/centuries/ages in times past The time for discussion is past.
  2. 2  [only before noun] gone by recently; just ended I haven't seen much of her in the past few weeks. The past month has been really busy at work.
  3. 3  [only before noun] belonging to an earlier time past events From past experience I'd say he'd probably forgotten the time. past and present students of the college Let's forget about who was more to blame—it's all past history.
  4. 4 [only before noun] (grammar) connected with the form of a verb used to express actions in the past See related entries: Grammar
  5. Word Origin Middle English: variant of passed, past participle of pass.Extra examples I haven’t seen much of her in the past few weeks. In past years the industry received large subsidies. Let’s forget about who was more to blame—it’s all past history. The book is a celebration of working class life in times past. The past week has been very busy. The reunion is for past and present students of the college. Theatre in past centuries was mass entertainment, but that is not the case today. These past months have been terribly stressful for everyone.
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