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noun [C/U]  /pæst/ us  

past noun [C/U] (TIME BEFORE)

the period before and until, but not including, the present time: [U] In the past, a streetcar line ran down 13th Avenue. Your past is your life before the present time: [C] He never talks about his past.


adjective [not gradable]  /pæst/ us  

past adjective [not gradable] (RELATING TO GRAMMAR)

grammar having the tense used to describe actions, events, or states that happened or existed before the present time: The past tense of "change" is "changed."


preposition, adverb [not gradable]  /pæst/ us  

past preposition, adverb [not gradable] (ON THE FAR SIDE)

on the far side of something, or from one side to the other: They live just past the post office. Three boys went past us on bikes.

past preposition, adverb [not gradable] (BEYOND)

beyond or above a particular point: Melissa is past the age where she needs a babysitter. It’s already past noon.
(Definition of past from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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