P p


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [past, pahst]
    • /pæst, pɑst/
    • /pɑːst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [past, pahst]
    • /pæst, pɑst/

Definitions of past word

  • adjective past gone by or elapsed in time: It was a bad time, but it's all past now. 1
  • adjective past of, having existed in, or having occurred during a time previous to the present; bygone: the past glories of the Incas. 1
  • adjective past gone by just before the present time; just passed: during the past year. 1
  • adjective past ago: six days past. 1
  • adjective past having formerly been or served as; previous; earlier: three past presidents of the club. 1
  • adjective past Grammar. designating a tense, or other verb formation or construction, that refers to events or states in time gone by. 1

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Origin of past

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English; variant spelling of passed, past participle of pass

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Past


past popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

past usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for past

adj past

  • abovementioned — mentioned or written above: The role was sung by the abovementioned Mr. Phillips.
  • aforementioned — If you refer to the aforementioned person or subject, you mean the person or subject that has already been mentioned.
  • ancestral — You use ancestral to refer to a person's family in former times, especially when the family is important and has property or land which they have had for a long time.
  • antecedent — An antecedent of something happened or existed before it and was similar to it in some way.
  • anterior — Anterior describes a part of the body that is situated at or towards the front of another part.

adv past

prep past

  • by way of — You use by way of when you are explaining the purpose of something that you have said or are about to say. For example, if you say something by way of an introduction, you say it as an introduction.

noun past

  • bygones — past; gone by; earlier; former: The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
  • chronology — The chronology of a series of past events is the times at which they happened in the order in which they happened.
  • foretime — former or past time; the past.
  • history — the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
  • hour — a period of time equal to one twenty-fourth of a mean solar or civil day and equivalent to 60 minutes: He slept for an hour.

preposition past

  • across — If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of it to the other.
  • after — If something happens after a particular date or event, it happens during the period of time that follows that date or event.
  • outside — the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.

adjective past

  • aforestated — Stated earlier in a document.
  • earlier — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.
  • elapsed — Simple past tense and past participle of elapse.
  • erstwhile — Former.
  • ex — (of goods) sold direct from.

adverb past

  • ago — You use ago when you are referring to past time. For example, if something happened one year ago, it is one year since it happened. If it happened a long time ago, it is a long time since it happened.
  • without — with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking: without help; without shoes; without her helping me; without him to help.

Antonyms for past

adj past

  • a go go — as much as you like; to your heart's content; galore: food and drink à gogo.
  • a go-go — go-go
  • a gogo — as much as one likes; galore
  • actual — You use actual to emphasize that you are referring to something real or genuine.
  • all the rage — angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.

noun past

  • aftertime — the time to come; the future
  • by and by — presently or eventually
  • chronology — The chronology of a series of past events is the times at which they happened in the order in which they happened.
  • futurity — future time: Such discussion is better left to futurity.
  • gifting — something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.

adv past

  • alee — on or towards the lee
  • antecedently — in an antecedent manner
  • any more — If something does not happen or is not true any more or any longer, it has stopped happening or is no longer true.
  • at once — If you do something at once, you do it immediately.
  • in nothing flat — no thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing.

adjective past

  • eventual — Occurring at the end of or as a result of a series of events; final; ultimate.
  • existing — In existence or operation at the time under consideration; current.
  • neoteric — modern; new; recent.
  • oncoming — approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
  • onrushing — Rushing or flowing forward.

adverb past

  • freshly — Newly; recently.
  • new — other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
  • newly — recently; lately: a newly married couple.
  • now — at the present time or moment: You are now using a dictionary.
  • nowadays — at the present day; in these times: Few people do their laundry by hand nowadays.

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