(1)   Earlier than the present time; no longer current
"Time past"
"His youth is past"
"This past Thursday"
"The past year"
(2)   A verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that existed at some previous time
"Past participle"


(3)   So as to pass a given point
"Every hour a train goes past"


(4)   A verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
(5)   The time that has elapsed
"Forget the past"
(6)   A earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
"Reporters dug into the candidate's past"


From , past participle of


  1. The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.
  2. The past tense.


  1. Having already happened; in the past; finished.
    past glories
  2. Relating to the past.
    past tense
  3. (of a period of time) the one before this one
    during the past year


  1. beyond in place, quantity or time
    the room past mine
    count past twenty
    past Midnight

Usage notes

  • The preposition past is used to tell the time. The time 5:05 is said as five past five. 5:10 as ten past five. 5:15 as quarter past five. 5:20 as twenty past five. 5:25 as twenty-five past five. 5:30 as half past five. If we are aware of the approximate time, we can just use e.g. five past, ten past etc. See the example below.
    1. I thought it was about six o'clock, but it was actually ten past.
  • Compare with to (five to, ten to, quarter to, twenty to, twenty-five to)
  • See also: o'clock