(noun, adjective, adverb, preposition)


1. earlier than the present time; no longer current

- time past

- his youth is past

- this past Thursday

Similar word(s): noncurrent, outgoing, old, ago, agone, ancient, bygone, bypast, departed, foregone, gone, chivalric, knightly, medieval, early, former, other, erstwhile, old, onetime, quondam, sometime, late, previous, historic, historical, last, recent, olden, prehistoric, prehistorical, then, ult, ultimo

2. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

Similar word(s): outgoing, preceding, retiring

Sentences with past as an adjective:

- past glories

- during the past year

- past tense


1. so as to pass a given point

- every hour a train goes past

Similar word(s): by

Sentences with past as an adverb:

- I watched him walk past


1. the time that has elapsed

- forget the past

Similar word(s): yesteryear

Definition categories: time

2. a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

- reporters dug into the candidate's past

Definition categories: time, period

3. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

Definition categories: communication, tense

Sentences with past as a noun:

- a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past


1. beyond in place, quantity or time

- the room past mine

- count past twenty

- past midnight