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preterit

or preterite

[pret-er-it] /ˈprɛt ər ɪt/
noun, Grammar
1.
past (def 12).
2.
a preterit tense.
3.
a verb form in this tense.
adjective
4.
Grammar. noting a past action or state.
5.
Archaic. bygone; past.
Origin of preterit
1300-1350
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
Related forms
preteritness, noun
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