|1.||[ noun ] the time that has elapsed|
|Synonyms:||yesteryear yore past_times|
"forget the past"
|Related terms:||future time history bygone auld_langsyne time_immemorial yesterday old|
|2.||[ adjective ] earlier than the present time; no longer current|
"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"
|Related terms:||present future last old erstwhile earlier former other early late historic ancient ex historic prehistoric then bygone chivalric olden ago ultimo old outgoing noncurrent timing|
|3.||[ adverb ] so as to pass a given point|
"every hour a train goes past"
|4.||[ noun ] a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)|
"reporters dug into the candidate's past"
|Related terms:||time_period life|
|5.||[ adjective ] of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office|
"a retiring member of the board"
|6.||[ noun ] (grammar) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past|
|Related terms:||tense preterit|
|7.||[ pronoun ] preposition, to indicate movement through a point and continuing|
"They drove by my house." "It is beyond the bounds of good sense." "He looked past me."
|8.||[ pronoun ] preposition|
|9.||[ adjective ] (grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time|