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English definition of “past”

past

adjective [before noun]     /pɑːst/ US   /pæst/
during a period of time before and until the present : Our costs have risen by 15% in the past year . He's managed the sales department for the past 10 years . We've been discussing the issue over the past few days .
having happened or existed before now: I know from past experience that this campaign will work .
(Definition of past adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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