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preterit

[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.
Also, preterite.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for preterit

preterite

/ˈprɛtərɪt/
noun
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
adjective
3.
denoting this tense
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterīre to go by, from preter- + īre to go
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