1 time before the present
immediate, recent
ancient, dim and distant (BrE), distant, remote

Many modern festivals can be traced back to an ancient past.

It all happened in the distant past.

cling to, live in, relive

We're going to have to stop living in the past and invest in new technology if the company is to survive.

reconstruct, recreate

Archaeology provides us with tools for reconstructing the past.

erase, forget
belong in, belong to

Those memories belong to the past and I don't want to think about them.

from the past

Memories from the past came flooding back to him.

in the past

I admit that I have made mistakes in the past.

into the past

events stretching back many years into the past

of the past

great artists of the past

be all in the past

Don't worry about it—it's all in the past now.

a break with the past

In an effort to make a complete break with the past, she went to live in Morocco.

a glimpse of the past

The uncovering of the buried town gives us a unique glimpse of the past.

a link with the past

The old market is a living link with the past, unchanged for hundreds of years.

nostalgia for the past
a thing of the past

a new device that makes such problems a thing of the past

2 sb/sth's history
historic (esp. BrE), historical

He was forced to confront his forgotten past.

colourful/colorful, rich
chequered/checkered, murky (esp. BrE), painful, sordid, troubled
glorious, illustrious (esp. BrE)

Few remnants remain of the city's glorious past.

cultural, political
ancestral, evolutionary
colonial, imperial, industrial

These customs are a relic of the country's colonial past.

reflect on

He tried in vain to recapture his past.

erase, escape from, forget, put behind you, wipe out

Political parties cannot escape from their pasts any more than individuals can.

Therapy helped Dan put the past behind him.

from your past

ghosts from his past

in your past

at some time in her past

Past is used with these nouns: ↑autumn, ↑century, ↑champion, ↑decade, ↑deed, ↑epoch, ↑era, ↑error, ↑experience, ↑failure, ↑fall, ↑fortnight, ↑generation, ↑history, ↑incident, ↑life, ↑mistake, ↑month, ↑precedent, ↑president, ↑quarter, ↑record, ↑research, ↑self, ↑sin, ↑spring, ↑summer, ↑tense, ↑week, ↑winter, ↑wrong, ↑year

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