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Definition of Past


  1. Of or pertaining to a former time or state; neither present nor future; gone by; elapsed; ended; spent; as, past troubles; past offences.
  2. A former time or state; a state of things gone by.
  3. Beyond, in position, or degree; further than; beyond the reach or influence of.
  4. Beyond, in time; after; as, past the hour.
  5. Above; exceeding; more than.
  6. By; beyond; as, he ran past.

Past Quotations

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
Johnny Cash

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Marcus Garvey

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Steve Jobs
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Past Translations

past in Afrikaans is verby, verlede
past in Danish is forbi, fortid
past in Dutch is verleden, verleden tijd
past in Finnish is ohi
past in German is beendet/nach/Struktur, vergangen
past in Italian is trascorso, ancor prima
past in Latin is praeteritus
past in Spanish is pasado, anterior
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