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Definitions of past

  1. so as to pass a given point; " every hour a train goes past"
  2. ( grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time; " past participle"
  3. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
  4. the time that has elapsed; " forget the past"
  5. a earlier period in someone's life ( especially one that they have reason to keep secret); " reporters dug into the candidate's past"
  6. earlier than the present time; no longer current; " time past"; " his youth is past"; " this past Thursday"; " the past year"
  7. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office; " a retiring member of the board"
  8. a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time; " past participle"
  9. of Pass
  10. Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences.
  11. A former time or state; a state of things gone by.
  12. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.
  13. Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.
  14. Above; exceeding; more than.
  15. By; beyond; as, he ran past.
  16. Having formerly been; gone by; last; completed; in grammar, referring to time gone by; as, the pasttense.
  17. The time gone by; previous life or history.
  18. By; beyond; as, he just walked past.
  19. Beyond in time; after; as, it is past his time; he is past cure.
  20. Pa. p. of PASS.
  21. Gone by: elapsed: ended: in time already passed.
  22. Farther than: out of reach of: no longer capable of.
  23. By.
  24. Gone by; ended.
  25. Time gone by.
  26. Past time.
  27. Belonging to time gone by.
  28. One's antecedents.
  29. So as to go by and beyond.
  30. Beyond; after; out of reach of.
  31. Not present; gone by; spent; ended; accomplished.
  32. Having lost; beyond; beyond in time.
  33. Gone by or beyond; not present nor future; ended; accomplished.
  34. Beyond; out of reach of.
  35. By, as the wind swept past; the past, time gone by.
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Quotes of past

  1. You know, they just don't make big movie stars the way they used to, maybe because the system has changed, the studio system, but it's sad to see people like Jimmy Stewart go, all the giants of the past – Tom Atkins
  2. With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance, it is not good enough to simply roll the dice, hoping a nominee has changed his past views. It's not good enough to think, 'This is the best we can expect from this president'. – Barbara Boxer
  3. For the past seven years we have been cracking down on crime in Missouri, passing tougher laws for drug crimes and sex offenses and requiring prisoners to serve more time. – Mel Carnahan
  4. He has a future and I have a past so we should be all right. – Jennie Jerome Churchill
  5. Elvis was just like a big old kid. It was like he never got past 19, I don't think, in a lotta ways. – Mac Davis
  6. At the moment I am taking a very careful look at some of the work which we have done in the past – Martin Fleischmann
  7. In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it. – Alberto Giacometti
  8. Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you. – Robert Henri
  9. In charting our course to the future, we are mindful of our path from the past – Brad Henry
  10. I don't try to match wine with food, I just drink what I like. And I think a lot of people are going towards that now, which never used to be in the past – Mario Lemieux
  11. For the past ten years I have had no financial problems. – Gyorgy Ligeti
  12. My mission is a cosmic mission. My concern is for all of humanity, and not only this present world, but the world hereafter. My mission penetrates the past present, and future, and encompasses all humanity. – Sun Myung Moon
  13. I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that. – Robert Morgan
  14. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past – George Orwell
  15. The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember. – Harold Pinter

Usage examples for past

  1. " What should I say about his past Monsieur? – The Right of Way, Volume 3. by Gilbert Parker
  2. But the days of Richelieus and Mazarins are past – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  3. At ten o'clock, and not before, he would walk past her house. – The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy
  4. We want the living present, and not the dead past – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  5. He reached past her to open the door. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  6. What is past is dead. – Arabian Wisdom by John Wortabet
  7. It was a little past five o'clock. – Over Prairie Trails by Frederick Philip Grove
  8. She moved past him to the door. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  9. I heard it go past last night. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  10. There was no way of getting past – William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  11. " It's almost half- past now. – Left Guard Gilbert by Ralph Henry Barbour
  12. Some one he knew in his- in his past – Hedda Gabler Play In Four Acts by Henrik Ibsen
  13. " I've been trying to get hold of Mantelish for the past hour. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  14. " About half- past nine o'clock, sir; but really- to- morrow night! – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  15. Daphne and he had been getting on anything but well for some time past – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. It has been for some time past – Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
  17. What did it matter, after all, what there was in her past – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  18. Saw her go past in the hall. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  19. I'm only sorry for thee, I can't forget the past – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  20. Brother, is your last hope past to mollifie Morecrafts heart about your Morgage? – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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