preterit

preterit

[pret-er-it]
Also, preterite.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin praeteritus past, past participle of praeterīre to go by, equivalent to praeter- preter- + -i-, base of īre to go + -tus past participle suffix; as tense name < Latin (tempus) praeteritum

preteritness, noun
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preterite or (US) grammar preterit (ˈprɛtərɪt)
 
n
1.  a tense of verbs used to relate past action, formed in English by inflection of the verb, as jumped, swam
2.  a verb in this tense
 
adj
3.  denoting this tense
 
[C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterīre to go by, from preter- + īre to go]
 
preterit or (US) grammar preterit
 
n
 
adj
 
[C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterīre to go by, from preter- + īre to go]

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