From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpastpast1 /pɑːst $ pæst/ ●●● S1 W1 adjective 1 previous [only before noun]PAST done, used, or experienced before now Judging by her past performance, Jane should do very well. From past experience she knew that it was no use arguing with him. Study some past exam papers to get an idea of the questions.2 recentPAST [only before noun] used to refer to a period up until now the events of the past year During the past two weeks, 12 people have died of the disease. She has been feeling tired for the past few days.3 finishedFINISH/COME TO AN END finished or having come to an end Winter is past and spring has come at last. writers from past centuries a tradition rooted in times long past4 formerPAST [only before noun] having held a particular position in the past or achieved a particular honour in the pastpast president/member/winner etc a past president of the golf club a celebration for past and present employees of the newspaper Bruce Jenner, a past Olympic champion5 grammar [only before noun]SLG relating to the past tense
Examples from the Corpuspast• the enormous changes of the past 30 years• The problems we face now are a result of past decisions.• We knew from past experience that the job would take at least two weeks.• He's learned a lot from his past experience.• The past few months have been very difficult for Mary.• Productivity improvements over the past five years, admittedly from a very low base, have been highly impressive.• The time is past for us to continue ignoring our differences.• Judging by her past performance, I'd say Rowena will do very well.• Groups have put a lot into past projects, and have always seen an excellent result.• the past tense• For the past two weeks, I've been doing my boss's job while she's away on business.• Trafford education authority has received about £13 million in the past two years to help it reorganise and improve its schools.long past• The statement, sympathetic but faintly condescending, was suited to an era of comity already long past.• When Paige awoke it was still early, not long past dawn, and she was alone in the sleeping-bag.• The result - heavy industry and low value added production kept going long past its time, ineffectually, by subsidy.• It was long past sundown when I finally continued on back to the cabin, trotting up the path in the moonlight.• Early November was long past tourist season, and he did not look like a logger.• This may be evidence of some long past wine chilling exercise.past president/member/winner etc• By contrast, some past winners have lamented that the prize diverts them from their beloved lab work.• Husband Don is a past president of both the U.S.• He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and was a past president of the fraternity.• He is past President of the Hairdressers Fellowship and in the 50's was a leading competition hairdresser.• He was also a past president of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.• Her husband, Jack, was a past president of the Parish Council.