NounPast (plural Pasts)
- The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
- (grammar) The past tense.
- Having already happened; in the past; finished.
- past glories
- Relating to the past.
- past tense
- (of a period of time) the one before this one
- during the past year
- in a direction that passes
- I watched him walk past
- beyond in place, quantity or time
- the room past mine
- count past twenty
- past Midnight
- The preposition past is used to tell the time. The time 5:05 is said as five past five. 5:10 as ten past five. 5:15 as quarter past five. 5:20 as twenty past five. 5:25 as twenty-five past five. 5:30 as half past five. If we are aware of the approximate time, we can just use e.g. five past, ten past etc. See the example below.
- I thought it was about six o'clock, but it was actually ten past.
- Compare with to (five to, ten to, quarter to, twenty to, twenty-five to)
- See also: o'clock
Adjectives for Past
romantic; sorrowful; vanished; voiceless; foolish; monstrous; accumulated; remote; wintry; complacent; immemorial; stormy; immeasurable; gracious; artificial; dim; scarred; remorseless; dark; sinful; mischievous; precious; turbulent; receding; spectral; mysterious; irrevocable; blighted.
above, above and beyond, across, after, ago, ancient, antecedent, anterior, antiquated, antique, antiquity, aorist, aoristic, background, before, behind, beyond, biography, blown over, by, bygone, bygone days, bypast, career, chronology, close by, continuity, dated, days beyond recall, days gone by, days of old, days of yore, dead, dead and buried, dead and gone, deceased, defunct, departed, disused, done, duration, durative, duree, early, elapsed, erstwhile, existence, expired, extinct, finished, fore, foregoing, foretime, forgotten, former, former times, future, future perfect, gone, gone glimmering, gone out, gone-by, has-been, heretofore, historical present, history, immemorial, imperfect, in excess of, irrecoverable, lang syne, lapsed, last, lastingness, late, later than, life, lifetime, nearby, no more, obsolete, old, old times, olden, olden times, on, once, onetime, out, out of style, out of use, outside, outworn, over, over and above, passe, passed, passed away, past perfect, perfect, perfective, period, pluperfect, point tense, precedent, prehistoric, present, present perfect, preterit, preteritive, previous, primeval, primitive, prior, progressive tense, psychological time, quondam, recent, run out, since, sometime, space, space-time, subsequent to, tense, term, the future, the past, the present, then, tide, time, timebinding, too deep for, vanished, while, whilom, without, wound up, yesterday, yesteryear, yore
- (UK) enPR: päst, IPA: /pɑːst/, SAMPA: /pA:st/
- (US) IPA: /pæst/
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- Homophone: passed
- Rhymes: -ɑːst
- IPA: /pɑst/