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past

noun [S] (TIME BEFORE)    /pɑːst/ US  /pæst/
B1 the period before and until, but not including , the present time : Evolution can explain the past, but it can never predict the future . In the past, this sort of work was all done by hand . By winning the 1500 metres , he joins some of the great names of the past.In the past a past a part of someone's life in which they did unacceptable or dishonest things: He's a man with a past.Events and occurrencesAccidents and disasters Grammar:Definite time in the pastWe use the past simple to refer to definite time in the past (when we specify the time or how long) and usually with past time expressions such as yesterday, two weeks ago, last year, in 1995:Grammar:Time up to nowWe use the present perfect to talk about time up to now, that is, events that took place in the past but which connect with the present. The present perfect is often used with time expressions which indicate time up to now, for example today, this year, in the last six months:
(Definition of past noun (TIME BEFORE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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