Synonyms of past
1 former times • In the past, things were very different.
history • Is history about to repeat itself?
the good old days
the old times
days gone by
the olden days
days of yore
, time to come
1 formerDictionary • a return to the turbulence of past centuries
former • Remember him as he was in former years.
late • my late husband
recent • a faster, sleeker, more recent model
ancient • They believed ancient Greece and Rome were vital sources of learning.
prior • He claimed he had no prior knowledge of the protest.
foregoing • The foregoing discussion has highlighted the difficulties.
bygone • bygone generations
2 previousDictionary • I was still longing for my past lover
previous • He had a daughter from a previous marriage.
former • He pleaded not guilty to murdering his former wife.
one-time • She is a one-time member of the Ziegfeld Follies.
sometime • She was in her early thirties, a sometime actress, dancer and singer.
erstwhile • He is suing his erstwhile friend and business partner.
3 lastDictionary • the events of the past few days
last • I got married last July.
previous • He recalled what Bob had told him the previous night.
preceding • the student revolution of the preceding years
4 overDictionary • The great age of exploration is past.
over • I think the worst is over now.
done • By evening the work is done, and just in time.
ended • At last our search is ended.
spent • The money was spent.
finished • Finally, last spring, the film was finished.
gone • Those happy times are gone forever.
forgotten • a faint whisper of a forgotten world far away
over and done with • We were friends once but that's all over and done with.
1 afterDictionary • It's well past your bedtime.
in excess of
IDIOM:▷ be past it
usage note:The past participle of pass is sometimes wrongly spelt past: the time for recrimination has passed (not past).
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in the can (informal)
in the can (informal)
alongWhen someone or something moves along, they keep moving in a particular direction.
• She skipped and danced along.
ancientAncient means belonging to the distant past, especially to the period in history before the end of the Roman Empire.
• They believed ancient Greece and Rome were vital sources of learning.
Thesaurus for past from the Collins English Thesaurus
completed, finished, and no longer in existence