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adjective British English pronunciation: past /pɑːst/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] happening or existing in the period of time that has just finished

    The patient's condition has improved over the past 24 hours.

    He has spent the past two weeks travelling around the country.

    In the past year, nearly 15,000 jobs have been lost in Scotland.

    1. a.
      happening or existing at any earlier time

      I know from past experience that this work is very time-consuming.

      The report is highly critical of the Department's past performance.

      He is a past president of the Union.

      The shaded areas on the map show the past and present extent of the forest.

  2. 2
    ended, or no longer existing

    Summer is past, and autumn is upon us.

    My running days are long past.

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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old and in bad condition, or no longer effective

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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