|Origin:||Old past participle of pass|
past1 S1 W1
done, used, or experienced before now:
previous[only before noun]
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.
used to refer to a period up until now:
recent[only before noun]
the events of the past year
During the past two weeks twelve people have died of the disease.
She has been feeling tired for the past few days.
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 past
having held a particular position in the past or achieved a particular honour in the past
former[only before noun]
past 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 champion
relating to the past tense