Associations to the word «Past»


PAST, noun. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
PAST, noun. (grammar) The past tense.
PAST, adjective. Having already happened; in the past; finished. [from 14th c.]
PAST, adjective. (postmodifier) Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago. [from 15th c.]
PAST, adjective. Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous. [from 15th c.]
PAST, adjective. (grammar) Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state. [from 18th c.]
PAST, adverb. In a direction that passes
PAST, preposition. Beyond in place, quantity or time
PAST ANTERIOR, noun. A compound tense used in literary French (French: passé antérieur), in function a pluperfect, and in form composed of the conjunction of the simple past tense of an auxiliary verb (avoir, être) with the past participle.
PAST CONTINUOUS, noun. (grammar): A tense used to describe actions and states continued in the past period of time.
PAST HISTORIC, noun. The past historic tense.
PAST HISTORIC TENSE, noun. (grammar) A tense used in some languages (such as French and Italian) in narrative, and in spoken language primarily when reading narrative, for completed actions in the past or in speaking of the dead. It is the same as the simple past in many languages, including English.
PAST IMPERFECT TENSE, noun. A grammatical tense which expresses the past as an action which was still going on at the point in time described, say someone "was" something, as opposed to the already accomplished counterpart past perfect tense (where the action took place even further in the past)
PAST IT, adjective. (informal) No longer capable, not as effective as previously.
PAST ITERATIVE, noun. (grammar) A tense in the Lithuanian language that indicates complete iterative action in the past, similar to the English used to but with the possibility of the action still continuing in the present.
PAST ITERATIVE, noun. (grammar) An alternative inflection of verbs used in the Epic (Homeric) dialect of Ancient Greek, having σκ inside the verb and the same meaning as aorist or imperfect verbs.
PAST LIFE, noun. A previously lived life in a different body, according to theories of reincarnation.
PAST LIFE, noun. (informal) A former period of one's life.
PAST LIVES, noun. Plural of past life
PAST MASTER, noun. (freemasonry) Someone who has previously been a master at a given lodge.
PAST MASTER, noun. One who has an extremely high level of ability or knowledge within an area of achievement or expertise.
PAST PAPER, noun. Examination paper from previous years.
PAST PAPERS, noun. Plural of past paper
PAST PARTICIPIAL, adjective. (grammar) of, or relating to, the past participle
PAST PARTICIPLE, noun. (grammar) A participle indicating a completed action or state.
PAST PARTICIPLES, noun. Plural of past participle
PAST PERFECT, noun. A tense which represents actions that occurred before other actions in the past; the pluperfect tense.
PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS, noun. (grammar) A tense that expresses an unbroken action continuing up to a certain time in the past. In English it is formed by using had been with a present participle.
PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE, noun. Past perfect continuous
PAST PROGRESSIVE, noun. (grammar) past continuous
PAST SIMPLE, noun. Simple past
PAST TENSE, noun. (grammar) Past tense is the form of language used to refer to an event, transaction, or occurrence that did happen or has happened, or an object that existed, at a point in time before now. Compare with present tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrence which is happening now (or at the present time), or an object that currently exists; or with future tense, which refers to an event, transaction or occurrence that has not yet happened, is expected to happen in the future, or might never happen.
PAST TENSES, noun. Plural of past tense

Dictionary definition

PAST, noun. The time that has elapsed; "forget the past".
PAST, noun. A earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret); "reporters dug into the candidate's past".
PAST, noun. A verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past.
PAST, adverb. So as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past".
PAST, adjective. Earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year".
PAST, adjective. Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office; "a retiring member of the board".

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke