- A tense expressing an action that has happened or a state that previously existed: the story is told in the past tenseMore example sentences
- Why was he referring to her in the past tense?
- Quentin, would you please stop talking about my career in the past tense?
- Though it's written in the past tense, there's an immediacy to the book.
More definitions of past tenseDefinition of past tense in:
- The US English dictionary