Translation of past in Spanish:


anterior, adj.

Pronunciation /pæst/ /pɑːst/

Definition of anterior in Spanish


  • 1

    • 1.1

      (attempts/occasions) (former) anterior
      (life) (former) pasado
      (old) antiguo
      on past experience I should guess that … basándome en experiencias anteriores yo diría que …
      • she knew from past experience that … sabía por experiencia que …
      • in times past antaño
      • past members of the organization antiguos / exmiembros de la organización
      • prime ministers past and present primeros ministros de ayer y hoy
      • Club captain Johnson and past captain Jacobs completed six rounds of golf in a day to raise money for charity.
      • The union's offer to assist the government is completely in line with its past practices.
      • It is time to forget past differences and work together for the larger interest of the nation.
      • The other obvious challenger is Joseba Beloki, a podium finisher in the past three Tours.
      • Mrs Taylor-Silk said the break would give the family a chance to forget about past worries and look to the future.
      • Forget the past performance, you now need to focus on the future and find such investments.
      • However they have not made any correlation between the current problem and the past accident.
      • Each is accused of a past crime that they have not yet been prosecuted for.
      • Any artist who has had their past work stamped with classic status must surely find themselves in a bind.
      • Maple Leaf Gardens has been our town square and remains a repository of our dreams and past glories.
      • But she would not have to reimburse the Government for any past benefits to which she had been entitled.
      • In today's Dubrovnik, you can just make out the joins where new stone has been melded with old, like the scars of a past life.
      • The newly adopted Lords' amendment on smacking will inspire many parents to examine their past conduct.
      • On the other hand, it is also prudent for the majority of us to learn from our past mistakes and experiences.
      • However, in light of past practices, it is doubtful whether they will live up to those pledges.
      • He is a past pupil of Gortnor Abbey Convent and Anthony is now studying at GMIT Galway.
      • Makinen is also a past winner, all of which will make the most arduous rally in the WRC a hot contest.
      • Mr Wilson said past experiences had shown voting was often done in the initial days of polls opening.
      • On past experience with your Journal I don't expect this pro-blood sports letter to be printed.
      • In their past nine matches they have lost seven times, and have scored just 15 times in the league all season.
      • When I left I felt ashamed that even as a seasoned traveller I had avoided this area for fear of the past conflict.

    • 1.2(most recent)

      (week/month/year) último
      in the past few days/three years en los últimos días/tres años
      • I've been very busy these past few days he estado muy ocupado estos últimos días / últimamente
      • the events of the past week los acontecimientos de la última semana / de la semana pasada
      • for some time past desde hace tiempo
      • Michelle has been doing a lot of writing over the past year and has just signed a record deal with Mercury Records.
      • We only went out for two months over this past summer and it was really hard on her when we broke up.
      • There is a long-established genre of writing about boys' public schools in the past century.
      • The school has been through a period of ups and downs over the past year.
      • With just six hours opening yesterday, a spokesman for the store said it was probably one of the quieter days of the past month.
      • This past weekend saw the season home opener on Saturday night against the Rams.
      • Sully had skipped too much school the past week and a bit to go completely unnoticed.
      • For the past two weeks, the Western world has seen something remarkable occur in Ukraine.
      • Word around Wellington in the past three weeks is that Clark's staff have been panicking.
      • Listen to what the vice president had to say about the Texas governor this past week.
      • The price of a gallon of gas jumped to record highs this past week here in the United States.
      • Over the past week, break-ins have taken place at Kill and also in our local church at Saleen.
      • In the past two Sundays I've seen two of the best club league games I've ever enjoyed.
      • In all the grim news of the past couple of weeks the Special Olympics stood out as an example of the good that is in the world.
      • Last year we were in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and some of those other places that have been in the news this past week.
      • The film Spark, which has been shot in Keighley over the past four weeks, is expected to go on general release next year.
      • The planting has been taking place over the past two weeks, with primary school children invited to help with the work.
      • He has spent the past decade, and the past week, attempting to do just that.
      • The government has spent more than eight trillion yen in failed attempts to bail the banks out over the past four years.
      • Millions of pounds have been spent in an attempt to revive the town in the past five years and a new high school has been created.

    • 1.3(finished, gone)

      what's past is past lo pasado, pasado
      • that's all past now todo eso ha quedado atrás
      • all danger is now past ya ha pasado el peligro
      • in days long past en tiempos remotos
      • The Conservative Party came round to him, and by October the worst of the dangers of that year were past.
      • Surely the age of bigotry is past.
      • But some argue the worst may be past.
      • He is a reminder of the site's history, a unique tie to stories and advice from times past.
      • Several of his long-time customers commented that his produce tasted better than in years past, and was keeping for longer.
      • The days are long past when we sent children up chimneys to sweep them.
      • Above all the book recalls some of the village's characters from days long past.
      • Each sketch is an individual work of art and represents a historically accurate reflection of a time past.
      • What happened in Athens is now past.

  • 2

    the past tense el pasado
    • the past participle el participio pasado / pasivo
    • Pashto has a rich agreement mechanism, but one that is manifested differently in the present and past tenses.
    • We often use the past tense in English to describe an imagined present or future.
    • British imperialism is habitually referred to in the past tense, as if it had gone the way of the empire.
    • This is a bond of trust that football writers speak of only in the past tense.
    • It's no secret that this was the case, but these comments were all made in the past tense.


  • 1

    • 1.1(former times)

      pasado masculine
      in the past women … antes / antiguamente / en otros tiempos las mujeres …
      • let's carry on as we have in the past sigamos como siempre / como antes
      • that's all in the past eso forma parte del pasado
      • They are expressing the national agenda of their new country by documenting important moments in the past.
      • For each of the men their existence has been brought back to these moments of the past.
      • We have been met in the past with surly and indifferent service at many retail outlets.
      • For Heavey, the performance served as a reminder of the consistency he has shown in the past.
      • His history classes emphasized the importance of telling stories as a way of making sense of the past.
      • Tennis buffs would remember them as the greatest women players from the past.
      • This may be the future of policing, but it's the policing of the past.
      • Budding archaeologists from across the county gathered in Swindon to learn about treasures from the past.
      • Despite a rocket lending a futuristic flavour to the panto, the traditional family show also harks back to the past.
      • Co-op stores in West Yorkshire have frequently been attacked in the past.
      • It seems as if every new soul singer is instantly compared to one or more of the legends of the past.
      • As irritating as romanticising the past might be to outsiders, those bound up in it must start to consider its effects.
      • But something rather unexpected happened as I gazed at these images of the past.
      • Gradually, though, she has begun to look at other painters of the past.
      • He offers a change from the discredited old politicians of the past.
      • Barney is more sympathetic to the suggestion that the past counts against us.
      • Deep cleaning is now required, whereas in the past street cleaners were able to keep gutters and footpaths clean.
      • In the past it has been dirty tricks - accidental, of course - which caused concern.
      • When I've had a drink in the past it's been to enhance the way I was feeling.
      • But by the standards of the past it had been a deplorable period in local eyes.

    • 1.2

      (of person) pasado masculine
      (of place) historia feminine
      a city/nation without a past una ciudad/nación sin historia
      • a woman with a past una mujer con pasado
      • They talked about their pasts, their goals, and their futures.
      • The hotel has a colourful past.
      • Given Cox's past, it is hardly surprising he acquired such coping mechanisms.
      • The Malabar region, like any other region in Kerala, has a very rich historic past.
      • Significant events from the town's past will also be acted out by Canon Slade School students.
      • The historic broadcast presents a fascinating glimpse into the past of the country and of television itself.
      • When they die, some things will be said that haven't been said before because they are controversial figures with colourful pasts.
      • Public archives are a tremendously rich resource of evidence about our collective past.
      • Detectives are interested in the past of their elderly odd-job man Romka.
      • The story is beefed up with a colourful scale of playable characters who gradually join your team and unfold facets of their distinct personalities and pasts.
      • As the characters drift toward a common fate, we see their pasts in luscious detail.
      • While there are still reminders of the colonial past, Sydney is a city, in human terms, in the teenage years.
      • And it is not just the miners that use their banners as reminders of their heroic past.
      • Some people fear their partners' pasts, viewing them as a threat to their own relationship.
      • We never really talked about our pasts, only our futures.
      • Guys don't talk to each other about our feelings, and that was especially true when you lived in a foster home with six other people with pasts you knew virtually nothing about.
      • Every night after dinner my parents would sit and talk about this uncle or that aunt, talking about their individual and collective pasts.
      • Two cities recently paid homage to their pasts and their futures by dedicating groves of life-giving trees with historic connections.
      • You have people with checkered pasts and lots of problems.
      • We uncovered a controversial policy which allows people with serious criminal pasts to be considered for a licence if they have been ‘clean’ for as little as three years.

  • 2

    pasado masculine
    pretérito masculine
    the past historic el pasado histórico
    • In their recounting of experience encourage them to use the past continuous and the simple past.
    • These percentages of the simple verb form in the past were much lower than those for the simple present.
    • It takes time and effort to master the vowel and consonantal changes associated with the past of irregular verbs.


  • 1

    • 1.1(by the side of)

      I go past their house every morning paso por (delante de) su casa todas las mañanas
      • she walked straight past him pasó de largo por su lado
      • we drove past her shop pasamos por delante de su tienda (con el coche)

    • 1.2(beyond)

      it's just past the school queda un poco más allá de la escuela
      • how did you get past the guard? ¿cómo hiciste para que el guardia te dejara pasar?
      • he shoved past the doorman pasó pegándole un empujón al portero
      • once we're past customs una vez que hayamos pasado la aduana
      • the second turning past the lights la segunda calle después del semáforo

  • 2

    • 2.1British (after)

      it's ten past six/half past two son las seis y diez/las dos y media
      • it's half/a quarter past one es la una y media/y cuarto
      • it was past eleven eran las once pasadas
      • it's long past midnight son mucho más de las doce
      • it starts at quarter past empieza a (las) y cuarto
      • the party went on till past midnight la fiesta siguió hasta después de la medianoche
      • it's past your bedtime ya deberías estar acostado

    • 2.2(older than)

      once you get past 40 … después de los 40 …
      • she must be past 50 debe tener más de 50
      • I'm past the age/stage when … ya he pasado la edad/superado la etapa en que …

  • 3

    (outside, beyond)
    to be past -ing
    it's past belief/endurance es increíble/intolerable


  • 1

    (with verbs of motion)
    to fly/cycle/drive past pasar volando/en bicicleta/en coche
    • he hurried past pasó a toda prisa
    • I saw her as I walked past al pasar la vi
    • we watched the troops march past vimos desfilar a las tropas
    • She said that from her living room she caught a glimpse of the car going past and then heard the bang.
    • He was much quicker but could not get past and unfortunately, the time deficit by the time of his first stop was too big to handle.
    • As the air rushes past it collects small quantities of the solution which are then deposited onto the skin.
    • As he spoke, a car whistled past with a loudspeaker reminding people it was polling day.
    • As Chris looked out his window, he saw a small bunny rabbit hop past through the yard.
    • The defendant was cycling behind her and she stepped to one side to let him past.
    • As we rode past, a kitten stumbled out of the tall grass into the road.
    • I knew his timing, so one day I hid in the bushes at the hotel gate and photographed him as he rode past.
    • Maria had just turned the corner when she spotted Val riding past.
    • I then had to lie there, for five minutes, as boys on bikes rode past and laughed at me.
    • We've laughed at a bloke riding past on a bike and almost falling off as he tried to see through our window.
    • I joined the queue about 15 cars behind him, so it took a good twenty minutes to get past.
    • Becki pressed her face against the glass window and watched the world go past.
    • I watch the birds flying past in the sky, I listen to the sound of the oceans coming from the open windows.
    • We watched as they came past, and then took the shortcut home, up through the sheep field to the Abbey.
    • All day I have been watching the marchers file past, a few with flags, more with placards, all in a holiday mood.
    • You can take your potato to a bench or a wall and watch people walk past.
    • Lone office workers bit into their lunches and watched people walk past, just as I was.
    • Stopping at a red light, I idly watched a couple walking past, deep in an argument.
    • Erin McGrath witnessed the aftermath of the crash when she walked past half an hour later.
  • 2British

    (giving time)
    it's twenty-five past son y veinticinco
    • I got there at five past llegué a y cinco
    • is it eight yet? — a few minutes past ¿son las ocho ya? — y unos minutos / pasadas
    • We can recollect or retrospect the nature or character of a mental event just past.
    • Many folks lack the courage to do so, even when the time to wait before acting is long past.
    • The next half hour went past amazingly fast.
    • Be careful though, you might get into a story-telling session and find the whole day has sped past.
    • Another hour will go past before they have a result.