past tense
noun Date: 1813 a verb tense expressing action or state in or as if in the past: a. a verb tense expressive of elapsed time (as wrote in “on arriving I wrote a letter”) b. a verb tense expressing action or state in progress or continuance or habitually done or customarily occurring at a past time (as was writing in “I was writing while he dictated” or loved in “their sons loved fishing”)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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