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Past Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
  • the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
  • a earlier period in someone''s life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret); "reporters dug into the candidate''s past"
  • earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
  • a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time; "past participle"
  • so as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • the time that has elapsed; "forget the past" ,
  • a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret); "reporters dug into the candidate's past" ,
  • a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

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Past Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The past is something that has already happened. If something has not happened yet, it is called the future.

Professors and researchers that study the events of the past, and try to explain why these events happened are called history professors or historians.

Many books, movies, and television shows tell made-up stories about the past. These are called historical fiction. Some books, movies, and television shows from a style called science fiction or fantasy tell made-up stories about being able to travel through time back to the past.



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'Past' example sentence in quotations


* No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it. - La Rochefoucauld

* Our American past always speaks to us with two voices the voice of the past, and the voice of the present. We are always asking two quite different questions. Historians reading the words of John Winthrop usually ask, What did they mean to him Citizens ask, What do they mean to us Historians are trained to seek the original meaning all of us want to know the present meaning. - Daniel J. Boorstin


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Past Sample Sentences in News


  • Buckeyes trying hard not to look past next 2 games
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- There's always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule. Read more on this news related to 'Past'
  • China likely will never open all files on painful past, official says
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will likely never open all the files on its recent painful past, including the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward, and sees no need to reassess those periods, a senior party historian said on Monday. The 1958-1961 Great Leap Forward, when millions starved to death in Mao Zedong's botched industrial Read more on this news related to 'Past'
  • What Antarctica's past reveals about future climate
    A PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre is looking to the distant past to discover what’s ahead for the world’s climate. Read more on this news related to 'Past'

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