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American English: /pæst/
British English: /pɑːst/

Translation of past in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (former)
    (old) antiguo
    on past experience I should guess that …
    basándome en experiencias anteriores yo diría que …
    she knew from past experience that …
    sabía por experiencia que …
    in times past [literary]
    antaño [literary]
    años ha [literary]
    past members of the organization
    antiguos or exmiembros de la organización
    prime ministers past and present
    primeros ministros de ayer y hoy
    antiguos y actuales primeros ministros
    Example sentences
    • Club captain Johnson and past captain Jacobs completed six rounds of golf in a day to raise money for charity.
    • The union's offer to assist the government is completely in line with its past practices.
    • It is time to forget past differences and work together for the larger interest of the nation.
    1.2 (most recent)
    in the past few days/three years
    en los últimos días/tres años
    I've been very busy these past few days
    he estado muy ocupado estos últimos días or últimamente
    the events of the past week
    los acontecimientos de la última semana or de la semana pasada
    for some time past
    desde hace tiempo
    Example sentences
    • Michelle has been doing a lot of writing over the past year and has just signed a record deal with Mercury Records.
    • We only went out for two months over this past summer and it was really hard on her when we broke up.
    • There is a long-established genre of writing about boys' public schools in the past century.
    1.3 (finished, gone) (predicative) what's past is past
    lo pasado, pasado
    that's all past now
    todo eso ha quedado atrás
    all danger is now past
    ya ha pasado el peligro
    in days long past
    en tiempos remotos
    Example sentences
    • The Conservative Party came round to him, and by October the worst of the dangers of that year were past.
    • Surely the age of bigotry is past.
    • But some argue the worst may be past.
  • 2, (Linguistics)the past tense
    el pasado
    el pretérito
    the past participle
    el participio pasado or pasivo
    Example sentences
    • Pashto has a rich agreement mechanism, but one that is manifested differently in the present and past tenses.
    • We often use the past tense in English to describe an imagined present or future.
    • British imperialism is habitually referred to in the past tense, as if it had gone the way of the empire.


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (former times) to live in the past
    vivir en el pasado
    steam trains are a thing of the past
    las locomotoras de vapor han pasado a la historia
    in the past women …
    antes or antiguamente or en otros tiempos las mujeres …
    let's carry on as we have in the past
    sigamos como siempre or como antes
    that's all in the past
    eso forma parte del pasado
    eso ya es historia
    Example sentences
    • They are expressing the national agenda of their new country by documenting important moments in the past.
    • For each of the men their existence has been brought back to these moments of the past.
    • We have been met in the past with surly and indifferent service at many retail outlets.
    1.2 countable (of person) a city/nation without a past
    una ciudad/nación sin historia
    a woman with a past
    una mujer con pasado
    Example sentences
    • They talked about their pasts, their goals, and their futures.
    • The hotel has a colourful past.
    • Given Cox's past, it is hardly surprising he acquired such coping mechanisms.
  • 2 uncountable (Linguistics) the past historic
    el pasado histórico
    Example sentences
    • In their recounting of experience encourage them to use the past continuous and the simple past.
    • These percentages of the simple verb form in the past were much lower than those for the simple present.
    • It takes time and effort to master the vowel and consonantal changes associated with the past of irregular verbs.


  • 1 1.1 (by the side of) I go past their house every morning
    paso por (delante de) su casa todas las mañanas
    she walked straight past him
    pasó de largo por su lado
    we drove past her shop
    pasamos por delante de su tienda (con el coche)
    1.2 (beyond) it's just past the school
    queda un poco más allá de la escuela
    queda pasando la escuela
    how did you get past the guard?
    ¿cómo hiciste para que el guardia te dejara pasar?
    he shoved past the doorman
    pasó pegándole un empujón al portero
    once we're past customs
    una vez que hayamos pasado la aduana
    the second turning past the lights
    la segunda calle después del semáforo
  • 2 2.1 (after) (esp British English)it's ten past six/half past two
    son las seis y diez/las dos y media
    it's half/a quarter past one
    es la una y media/y cuarto
    it was past eleven
    eran las once pasadas
    it's long past midnight
    son mucho más de las doce
    it starts at quarter past
    empieza a (las) y cuarto
    the party went on till past midnight
    la fiesta siguió hasta después de la medianoche
    it's past your bedtime
    ya deberías estar acostado
    2.2 (older than) once you get past 40 …
    después de los 40 …
    una vez pasados los 40 …
    she must be past 50
    debe tener más de 50
    I'm past the age/stage when …
    ya he pasado la edad/superado la etapa en que …
  • 3 (outside, beyond) it's past belief/endurance
    es increíble/intolerable
    to be past -ingthose socks are past mending
    ya no vale la pena zurcir esos calcetines
    they can do what they like, I'm past caring
    por mí que hagan lo que quieran, ya no me importa
    I wouldn't put it past her
    no me extrañaría que lo hiciera
    la creo muy capaz de hacerlo
    to be past it [colloquial]an athlete is past it at his age
    a su edad un atleta está acabado
    a su edad a un atleta ya se le pasó su cuarto de hora (South America) [colloquial]
    they think everyone over 40 is past it
    piensan que cualquiera que tenga más de 40 ya está para cuarteles de invierno
    this carpet's past it
    esta alfombra ya está para la basura


  • 1 (with verbs of motion) to fly/cycle/drive past
    pasar volando/en bicicleta/en coche
    he hurried past
    pasó a toda prisa
    I saw her as I walked past
    al pasar la vi
    we watched the troops march past
    vimos desfilar a las tropas
    Example sentences
    • She said that from her living room she caught a glimpse of the car going past and then heard the bang.
    • He was much quicker but could not get past and unfortunately, the time deficit by the time of his first stop was too big to handle.
    • As the air rushes past it collects small quantities of the solution which are then deposited onto the skin.
  • 2 (giving time) (esp British English)it's twenty-five past
    son y veinticinco
    I got there at five past
    llegué a y cinco
    is it eight yet? — a few minutes past
    ¿son las ocho ya? — y unos minutos or pasadas
    Example sentences
    • We can recollect or retrospect the nature or character of a mental event just past.
    • Many folks lack the courage to do so, even when the time to wait before acting is long past.
    • The next half hour went past amazingly fast.
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