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preterite

  
,   (U.S.)   preterit     (Grammar)  
      n  
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  
      adj  
3    denoting this tense  
     (C14: from Late Latin praeteritum (tempus) past (time, tense), from Latin praeterire to go by, from preter- + ire to go)  
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