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Past Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    past adj
  1. earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year" [ant: present(a), future]
  2. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office; "a retiring member of the board" [syn: past(a), preceding(a), retiring(a)]
  3. a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time; "past participle" n
  4. the time that has elapsed; "forget the past" [syn: past times, yesteryear, yore] [ant: future]
  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. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past [syn: past tense] adv : so as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past" [syn: by]
Past Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Past \Past\, adv. By; beyond; as, he ran past. The alarum of drums swept past. --Longfellow.
Past Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Past \Past\, a. [From Pass, v.] Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences. ``Past ages.'' --Milton. Past master. See under Master.
Past Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Past \Past\, n. A former time or state; a state of things gone by. ``The past, at least, is secure.'' --D. Webster. The present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often a very remote past indeed. --Trench.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Past'


Most generally, the past is a term used to indicate the totality of events which occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future. The concept of the past is derived from the linear fashion in which human observers experience time, and is accessed through memory and recollection. In addition, human beings have recorded the past since the advent of written language.

The past is the object of such fields as history, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, chronology, geology, (historical geology), historical linguistics, law, ontology, paleontology, paleobotany, paleoethnobotany, palaeogeography, paleoclimatology, and cosmology.

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* 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


  • Islamic State 101: Why are Arab countries so reluctant to help?
    The past few days have offered compelling evidence for why President Obama has been so loath to militarily insert America into the fight against the brutal Islamic State. The past few days, however, have also offered compelling evidence for why critics of Mr. Obama have been so frustrated by the cautious steps of a president they say "leads from behind." Read more on this news related to 'Past'
  • Chinese Vases Soar 120 Times Past Target to $1.2 Million
    A pair of Chinese porcelain vases sold yesterday for $1.2 million at Doyle New York, soaring 120 times past its low estimate. The two 16-inch tall glazed vases, painted with branches of blooming peonies on a turquoise background, each had a Qianlong-era seal on its base, referring to the reign of the Qianlong Emperor from 1736 to 1795. Estimated at $10,000 to $15, Read more on this news related to 'Past'
  • Nava hits slam, Red Sox rally past skidding Royals
    The Kansas City Royals have not been to the playoffs in 29 years and are skidding towards a 30th straight season. Daniel Nava hit a grand slam, Xander Bogaerts added a three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the Royals 8-4 on Sunday. Kansas City blew a four-run lead and dropped three of four to the last-place Red Sox. The Royals fell 1 1-2 games behind Read more on this news related to 'Past'

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