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Meaning of PRETERIT

Pronunciation:  'preturit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a term formerly used to refer to the simple past tense
  2. [adj]  (grammar) a verb tense used to relate past action; "the preterite tense"

PRETERIT is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: preterite, preterite
 See Also: past, past tense



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pret"er*it\ (?; 277), a. [L. praeteritus, p. p. of
    praeterire to go or pass by; praeter beyond, by + ire to go:
    cf. F. pr['e]t['e]rit. See {Issue}.] [Written also
    {preterite} and {pr[ae]terite}.]
    1. (Gram.) Past; -- applied to a tense which expresses an
       action or state as past.
    2. Belonging wholly to the past; passed by. [R.]
             Things and persons as thoroughly preterite as
             Romulus or Numa.                      --Lowell.
  2. \Pret"er*it\, n. (Gram.)
    The preterit; also, a word in the preterit tense.