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



    BrE BrE//pɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæst//
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  1. 1  (North American English also after) later than something half past two ten (minutes) past six There's a bus at twenty minutes past the hour (= at 1.20, 2.20, etc.). We arrived at two o'clock and left at ten past (= ten minutes past two). It was past midnight when we got home.
  2. 2  on or to the other side of somebody/something We live in the house just past the church. He hurried past them without stopping. He just walked straight past us!
  3. 3  above 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).
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: variant of passed, past participle of pass.Idioms (British English, informal) too old to do what you used to be able to do; too old to be used for its normal function In some sports you're past it by the age of 25. That coat is looking decidedly past it.
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