- (grammar) preterite tense, Preterite tense, simple past tense: A tense that determines the specific initiation or termination of an action in the past.
Translations: Etymology: Borrowed from prétérit < (tempus) preteritum.
- (context, grammar, of a tense) Showing an action at a determined moment in the past. (Also known as the preterite tense)
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