Synonyms for past

Synonyms for (noun) past

Synonyms: past, past tense

Definition: a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

Similar words: tense

Definition: a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time


Synonyms: past, past times, yesteryear

Definition: the time that has elapsed

Usage: forget the past

Similar words: time

Definition: the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past


Synonyms: past

Definition: a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)

Usage: reporters dug into the candidate's past

Similar words: time period, period, period of time

Definition: an amount of time

Usage: a time period of 30 years; hastened the period of time of his recovery; Picasso's blue period

Synonyms for (adjective) past

Synonyms: past, preceding, retiring

Definition: of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

Usage: a retiring member of the board

Similar words: outgoing

Definition: leaving a place or a position

Usage: an outgoing steamship


Synonyms: past

Definition: earlier than the present time; no longer current

Usage: time past; his youth is past; this past Thursday; the past year

Similar words: ago, agone

Definition: gone by; or in the past

Usage: two years ago; `agone' is an archaic word for `ago'


Similar words: ancient

Definition: belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire

Usage: ancient history; ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians; ancient Greece


Similar words: departed, bygone, bypast, gone, foregone

Definition: well in the past; former

Usage: bygone days; dreams of foregone times; sweet memories of gone summers; relics of a departed era


Similar words: medieval, knightly, chivalric

Definition: characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages

Usage: chivalric rites; the knightly years


Similar words: former, early, other

Definition: belonging to the distant past

Usage: the early inhabitants of Europe; former generations; in other times


Similar words: old, one-time, onetime, former, erstwhile, quondam, sometime

Definition: belonging to some prior time

Usage: erstwhile friend; our former glory; the once capital of the state; her quondam lover


Similar words: previous, former, late

Definition: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

Usage: the former president; our late President is still very active; the previous occupant of the White House


Similar words: historic, historical

Definition: belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

Usage: historic victories; historical (or historic) times; a historical character


Similar words: last

Definition: immediately past

Usage: last Thursday; the last chapter we read


Similar words: late, recent

Definition: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

Usage: a late development; their late quarrel; his recent trip to Africa; in recent months; a recent issue of the journal


Similar words: olden

Definition: long past

Usage: olden days


Similar words: other

Definition: recently past

Usage: the other evening


Similar words: prehistoric, prehistorical

Definition: belonging to or existing in times before recorded history

Usage: prehistoric settlements; prehistoric peoples


Similar words: then

Definition: at a specific prior time

Usage: the then president


Similar words: ult, ultimo

Definition: in or of the month preceding the present one

Usage: your letter received on the 29th ult