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past

past

 
pronunciation:
paest
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, preposition
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having to do with an earlier time; former.
In past times, many people died young.The past president was less active than the current president.
antonyms:
current, modern, present
similar words:
former, old, previous
definition 2: having ended just now; having happened recently.
The phone has rung ten times during the past hour.We finally finished the project this past Tuesday.
antonyms:
next
definition 3: having to do with the form of a verb that shows that the action happened in the past. "Looked," "went", and "bought" are past forms of verbs.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: all of the time before now.
We cannot change what happened in the past.
antonyms:
future, present
 
part of speech: preposition
definition 1: after.
It's five minutes past five o'clock.
antonyms:
before
definition 2: beyond; further away than.
The post office is two buildings past the bank.
antonyms:
before
similar words:
outside
definition 3: along a course that goes beside and then beyond.
We walked past the library on our way to the museum.
Homophone Note
The words past and passed sound alike but have different meanings. Passed is the past tense form of the verb pass, while past means "a time before now" (noun) or "in a time before now (adjective)."
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