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  • n  the time that has elapsed
    forget the past
  • n  a earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
    reporters dug into the candidate's past
  • n  a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past
  • a  earlier than the present time; no longer current
    time past
    his youth is past
    this past Thursday
    the past year
  • s  of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
  • r  so as to pass a given point
    every hour a train goes past

  • EVERY epoch recreates its own concept of the past.
  • PTI's list of the most notorious crimes of the past century, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Lindbergh kidnapping.
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News & Articles


  • Ben Bernanke in Wall Street Journal
    Fears of financial collapse have receded substantially,Mr. Bernanke said at the Federal Reserve's annual retreat at Jackson Hole, Wyo. "After contracting sharply over the past year, economic activity appears to be leveling out, both in the...
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton in BusinessWeek
    This announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken in Iran in the past few days as any we could provide,Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington when asked to react to a deal with Iran brokered by...
  • Barack Obama in Wall Street Journal
    Obama, in a statement, said the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program has provided critical investigative leads to EU member states and helped countries "in preventing or investigating many of the past decade's most visible and violent terrorist...

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