Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “past”

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
(Definition of past adverb, preposition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “past” in other dictionaries

Translations of “past”

Word of the Day

flair

natural ability to do something well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More