past preposition, adverb (POSITION)
- She walked right past me without noticing me.
- As the battleship sailed past, everyone on deck waved.
- Back in the 1960s he had hair down past his shoulders.
- The police car drove past at a terrific speed.
- The demonstrators formed a solid wall to stop the police from getting past them.
past preposition, adverb (TIME)
past adjective (TIME BEFORE)
The average temperature worldwide has risen by about one degree Fahrenheit in the past 100 years. 在過去的100年內，全世界的平均氣溫已上升了大約華氏一度。
- The dog has been her constant companion these past ten years.
- I'm sorry I didn't phone you, but I've been very busy over the past couple of weeks.
- Martin broke his leg playing football and has been on crutches for the past six weeks.
- Economically the country has been improving steadily these past ten years.
- The number of employees in the company has trebled over the past decade.
past adjective (GRAMMAR)
- Add -ed to all these verbs to put them in the past tense.
- I think her husband must be dead - she always talks about him in the past tense.
- How do you say that in the past tense?
- "Was doing" is the past continuous form of the verb.
- The past perfect is illustrated by 'had done'.
pastnoun [ S ]uk /pɑːst/ us /pæst/
past noun [ S ] (TIME BEFORE)
- Some of the younger pop bands try to imitate their musical heroes from the past.
- In the past, knights used to wear (suits of) armour in battle.
- Giving up your seat to an older person seems to be a thing of the past.
- Today, people are much more concerned about their health than they were in the past.
- He decided to put his failed marriage behind him and make a clean break with the past.