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past

adverb, preposition
 
 
/pɑːst/
FURTHER A2 further than: I live on Station Road, just past the Post Office.Ahead, in front and beyond
UP TO AND FURTHER A2 up to and further than someone or something: Three boys went past us on mountain bikes. I've just seen the bus go past.Ahead, in front and beyond
AFTER HOUR A1 used to say 'after' the hour when you are saying what time it is: It's five past three.Watches and clocks
AFTER LIMIT B2 after a particular time or age limit: This bacon is past its sell-by date.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
past it informal too old to do somethingDescribing people who are oldThe elderly
Translations of “past”
in Russian за, после, мимо…
in Turkish geçince, sonra, ...dan/den sonra…
in Polish za, obok, po…
(Definition of past adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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