Definition of the past tense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the past tense

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ðə ˌpɑːst ˈtens//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌpɑːst ˈtens//
 
(also the past)[singular](grammar)
 
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the form of a verb used to describe actions in the past The past tense of ‘take’ is ‘took’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the past tense

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