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A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.
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Meaning of "past" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PAST

From passed, past participle of pass.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PAST

past  [pɑːst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PAST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Past can act as a noun, an adjective, an adverb and a preposition.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The preposition is an invariable grammatical category, that has no meaning itself and which serves to link or relate terms.

WHAT DOES PAST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

past

Past

Spacetime, Motion ♦ Space Event ♦ Continuum Time travel ♦ v t e The past is a term used to indicate the totality of events which occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future. The concept of the past is derived from the linear fashion in which human observers experience time, and is accessed through memory and recollection. In addition, human beings have recorded the past since the advent of written language. The past is the object of such fields as history, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, chronology, geology, historical geology, historical linguistics, law, ontology, paleontology, paleobotany, paleoethnobotany, palaeogeography, paleoclimatology, and cosmology.

Definition of past in the English dictionary

The first definition of past in the dictionary is completed, finished, and no longer in existence. Other definition of past is denoting or belonging to all or a segment of the time that has elapsed at the present moment. Past is also denoting a specific unit of time that immediately precedes the present one.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PAST


avast
əˈvɑːst
Belfast
ˈbɛlfɑːst
blast
blɑːst
broadcast
ˈbrɔːdˌkɑːst
cast
kɑːst
caste
kɑːst
contrast
kənˈtrɑːst
fast
fɑːst
forecast
ˈfɔːˌkɑːst
gast
ɡɑːst
last
lɑːst
mast
mɑːst
oblast
ˈɒblɑːst
outcast
ˈaʊtˌkɑːst
outlast
ˈaʊtˌlɑːst
overcast
ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst
podcast
ˈpɒdˌkɑːst
unsurpassed
ˌʌnsɜːˈpɑːst
vast
vɑːst
webcast
ˈwɛbˌkɑːst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PAST

past anterior
past definite
past historic
past it
past life therapy
past master
past one´s sell-by date
past participle
past perfect
past tense
pasta
pastance
paste
paste-up
pasteboard
pastedown
pastel
pastel-coloured
pastelist

WORDS THAT END LIKE PAST

at least
at long last
at the least
beast
bed and breakfast
breakfast
breast
coast
deep in the past
east
feast
in the least
least
Middle East
southeast
the east
the Far East
the last
the past
to say the least

Synonyms and antonyms of past in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PAST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «past» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of past

Translation of «past» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PAST

Find out the translation of past to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of past from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «past» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

过去的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pasado
570 millions of speakers

English

past
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अतीत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ماضٍ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

прошедший
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

passado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

passé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Masa lalu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vergangen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

過ぎ去った
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

과거의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mbiyen
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đã qua
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கடந்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भूतकाळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

geçmiş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

passato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przeszły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

минулий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

trecut
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

περασμένος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verlede
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förfluten
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forhenværende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of past

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PAST»

The term «past» is very widely used and occupies the 1.395 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PAST» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «past» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «past» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about past

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10 QUOTES WITH «PAST»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word past.
1
Gordon W. Allport
Open-mindedness is considered to be a virtue. But, strictly speaking, it cannot occur. A new experience must be redacted into old categories. We cannot handle each event freshly in its own right. If we did so, of what use would past experience be?
2
Barbara de Angelis
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.
3
Dusty Baker
Let them police themselves, and then it goes another step past them to my coaches and there a coach that is responsible for a different area and different category on the field.
4
Joel A. Barker
The past guarantees you nothing in the future if the rules change.
5
Samuel Barnett
Obviously we had to study Shakespeare at school, but to be honest, I was not a fan. I found the language very difficult, and I didn't enjoy watching it or studying it. I auditioned five times for the Royal Shakespeare Company early on in my career, and I didn't even get past the first rounds.
6
E. T. Bell
The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
7
Aloe Blacc
I felt I had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of great soul musicians of the past, who made a lot of social and political commentary through their music.
8
Billie Burke
A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.
9
Corey Clark
At the end of the day, it is about the album and book and also about setting the record straight, because 'American Idol' has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years. So that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.
10
Robbie Coltrane
My dad? He died when I was 19, which is a bad time for your dad to die, because there's an awful lot of things you have to resolve with your parents past your teens if you've been a difficult teenager.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PAST»

Discover the use of past in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to past and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Gce O-Level Exams Past Papers With Ans : Economics
GCE O Level Examination Past Papers with Answer Guides: Chemistry
Cambridge International Examinations, University of Cambridge, 2004
2
Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present
This textbook bridges colonial and post-colonial history to explain the effects of political independence on the populace.
Frederick Cooper, 2002
3
Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, ...
Based on the combined insight of leading marital therapists and researchers, this book helps them overcome the initial shock, understand what happened and why, and think clearly about their best interests before they act.
Douglas K. Snyder, Donald H. Baucom, Kristina Coop Gordon, 2007
4
The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction
He's come here to give us the lowdown on how the technology evolved. Think of the book as a kind of sonic map of the origins of the way we listen to things around us, as a primer for the sonically perplexed."--Paul D. Miller a.k.a.
Jonathan Sterne, 2003
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Performing the Past: Memory, History, and Identity in Modern ...
Karin Tilmans is an historian, and academic coordinator of the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute, Florence. Frank van Vree is an historian and professor of journalism at the University of Amsterdam.
Karin Tilmans, Frank van Vree, J. M. Winter, 2010
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Past Life Clues: Find Your Past Lives Without Hypnosis
According to the author, a qualified hypnotherapist, current lives contain clues to past lives. In this volume, she explains how to uncover past-life clues.
Karin Sue Hoppe Holloway, 2008
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Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice After Civil ...
Burying the Past asks these important questions: How do newly democratic nations put to rest the conflicts of the past? Is granting forgiveness a politically viable choice for those in power? Should justice be restorative or retributive?
Nigel Biggar, 2003
8
Voice of the Past: Oral History
In the survey of work in the field, Thompson extends his prodigious capacity for sythesising a huge range of the sources available around the world, drawing from many different case studies to make his points.
Paul Thompson, 2000
9
Past Lives, Future Lives Revealed
This book contends that people have the power to customize and control their destinies. We can all use hypnotherapy to eliminate past and current problems and attain our karmic purpose.
Bruce Goldberg, 2004
10
The Past is a Foreign Country
Discusses nostalgia, history, and preservation, explains how the past influences the future, and analyzes modern feelings toward the past The past is everywhere.
David Lowenthal, 1985

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PAST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term past is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The new pirate radio crackdown: 400 stations closed in the past two …
Earlier this month, Ofcom revealed that in London alone they have seized 400 suspected pirate radio setups over the past two years. Ofcom's ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Paris police search for four people in car that sped past Tour de …
Police in Paris are searching for the four occupants of a car that struck a taxi and tried to drive through barricades set up near the Tour de ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Lesia Tsurenko eases past Urszula Radwanska to win Istanbul Cup
Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine celebrates with the trophy after defeating Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the final of the Istanbul Cup in Turkey. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
'Ant-Man' Inches Past 'Pixels' to Take First-Place Spot
"Ant-Man" crept past new opener "Pixels" to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
5
Ghost tour explores Gastown's grisly past
Although scary stories are best told around a crackling camp-fire at night, a fire ban for much of the province may have Vancouverites looking ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
6
Living on Prussia's ruins, Kaliningraders embrace Germanic past
So everything was deliberately rebuilt in Soviet style," says Alexei Laleko, a historian and author of several books on the region's past. "For a ... «Christian Science Monitor, Jul 15»
7
FBI mined secrets from George McGovern's past
On April 16, 1975, two FBI inspectors met with Sen. George McGovern in Washington. A month earlier, McGovern had written a letter to FBI ... «Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jul 15»
8
Waterford power past Dubs to seal semi-final spot
Derek McGrath's Waterford saw off Dublin by five points in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final, scoring a 2-21 to 1-19 victory at Semple Stadium. «RTE.ie, Jul 15»
9
Survey: US Gasoline Prices Down a Penny in the Past 2 Weeks
The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny over the past two weeks to $2.82 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
10
Detroit's past revived in historic news coverage
In what is being described as a visual encyclopedia, the Associated Press and British Movietone have joined forces to offer more than 1 million ... «The Detroit News, Jul 15»

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