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Existing, happening in or relating to a time in the past - thesaurus

Synonyms

past

adjective

happening or existing in the period of time that has just finished

ago

adverb

used for saying how much time has passed since something happened

previously

adverb

before the present time, or before the time you are discussing

already

adverb

used for saying that something has happened before now or before another point in time

once

adverb

used for saying that something happened at some time in the past

not any more

adverb

used for saying that something which used to happen in the past does not happen now

at one time

in the past, but not now

one day

on a day in the past

once upon a time

spoken used for talking about a situation that existed in the past but no longer exists, especially when it was better than the situation now

past

adjective

happening or existing at any earlier time

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at some point

at some moment in time that is not made specific

back

adverb

used for talking about a period of time in the past

back

adverb

to a period of time in the past

back in the day

used for referring to a time in the past, especially a time when someone was young

backwards

adjective

towards a time in the past

before

adverb

at a time in the past

before your time

used for talking about things that existed in a place before you lived or worked there

before your time

often humorous used for saying that something happened or existed before you were born

bygone

adjective

happening or existing during a period of time in the past

earlier

adjective

happening before the present time or before the time you are talking about

erstwhile

adjective

very formal an erstwhile friend, employer etc was a friend, employer etc until recently but is not any more. A more usual word is former.

for a time

used for saying what happened or existed during a short period before it changed

former

adjective

formal used for referring to times in the past

formerly

adverb

in the past

hitherto

adverb

very formal until the present time

immemorial

adjective

literary going back to a time that is so long ago that no one can remember it

in someone’s time

when someone was living, working etc in a particular place

no longer

used when something happened or was true in the past but is not true now

once

adverb

used for saying that a particular situation existed at a time in the past, but it does not exist any longer

one-time

adjective

used for saying what someone or something was in the past

so far

until now

thus far

formal until now or until the present stage in a process

time was (when)

used for talking about the past, especially when you think this was better than the present

to date

until now

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