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past British & World English

Gone by in time and no longer existing

past English Thesaurus

memories of times past

the past in past British & World English

The time before the moment of speaking or writing

beyond redemption British & World English

Too bad to be improved or saved

run something by British & World English

Tell (someone) about something, especially in order to ascertain their opinion or reaction

past it British & World English

Too old to be of any use or any good at anything

fly-past British & World English

A ceremonial flight of aircraft past a person or a place

brush past British & World English

Touch fleetingly and in passing

march-past British & World English

A formal march by troops past a saluting point at a review

past master British & World English

A person who is particularly skilled at a specified activity or art

past tense British & World English

A tense expressing an action that has happened or a state that previously existed

past master English Thesaurus

the manager was a past master at recharging faltering spirits

past perfect British & World English

Another term for pluperfect.

past participle British & World English

The form of a verb, typically ending in -ed in English, which is used in forming perfect and passive tenses and sometimes as an adjective, e.g. looked in have you looked?, lost in lost property

past participle New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

verb form in perfect and passive tenses

half past one British & World English

Thirty minutes after one (two, etc.) o’clock

go1 British & World English

(Of time) pass or elapse

live in the past British & World English

Have old-fashioned or outdated ideas and attitudes

brush1 British & World English

Touch lightly and gently

stream British & World English

(Of a mass of people or things) move in a continuous flow in a specified direction

first past the post British & World English

(Of a contestant, especially a horse) winning a race by being the first to reach the finishing line

a thing of the past British & World English

A thing that no longer happens or exists

a blast from the past British & World English

Something powerfully nostalgic

not put it past someone British & World English

Believe someone to be capable of doing a particular wrong or rash thing

past it in past British & World English

Too old to be of any use or any good at anything

brush past in brush1 British & World English

Touch fleetingly and in passing

first base British & World English

Used to refer to the first step towards achieving an objective

nonpast British & World English

A tense not expressing a past action or state

run something by in run British & World English

Tell (someone) about something, especially in order to ascertain their opinion or reaction


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