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Meaning of preterit

pret•er•it

Pronunciation: (pret'ur-it), [key]
— n. Gram.
  1. past (def. 12).
  2. a preterit tense.
  3. a verb form in this tense.
—adj.
  1. noting a past action or state.
  2. bygone; past.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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