pass1 [ pæs ] verb ***
▸ 1 go past something
▸ 2 move somewhere
▸ 3 be successful on test
▸ 4 give/let someone have something
▸ 5 spend time or be spent
▸ 6 kick/hit/throw ball to someone
▸ 7 make law, etc. official
▸ 8 be unable to answer
▸ 9 about words/looks
▸ 10 stop happening
▸ 11 go above amount
▸ 12 (be allowed to) happen
▸ 13 give opinion
▸ 14 make waste leave body
▸ 15 change owner
▸ 16 change state
▸ 17 in card games
1. ) intransitive or transitive to go past something:
They stopped at the crossing, waiting for the train to pass.
The procession slowly passed us.
We sometimes pass each other on the street.
a ) to go past another vehicle
2. ) intransitive pass through/along/over etc. to move in a particular direction or to a particular place or position:
We passed through the gates of the old city.
Two large birds passed over our heads.
The signal passes through a device called a router.
a ) transitive pass around/across/through etc. to move something in a particular direction or to a particular place or position:
He passed his hand across his forehead.
They managed to pass a message under the doorway.
b ) intransitive if a road, river, or stream passes through, across, etc. a place, its path follows that direction:
The railroad line passes through Richmond, Columbia, and Savannah.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to be successful in an examination or test by achieving a satisfactory standard:
Did you pass?
She passed her driver's test.
He'll be in the team if he passes the fitness test today.
pass something with flying colors (=with a very high mark): He passed his final exams with flying colors.
a ) transitive to officially judge that someone has been successful in an examination or test because they have achieved a satisfactory standard:
The examiners passed only 40% of the candidates.
4. ) transitive to put something into someone's hand or into a position where they can take it:
Pass the salt, please.
pass someone something: Could you pass me that newspaper?
pass something to someone: He passed the camera to her so she could take a photograph.
a ) to give information, especially to the police or to an enemy:
Saunders was a paid informer, passing information to the secret police.
b ) to give someone false money as payment for something
5. ) intransitive if time or a period of time passes, it happens and comes to an end:
Time passes slowly when you're waiting for something.
The summer vacation passed quickly, as usual.
with every day that passes/with every passing day: She grew less hopeful with every passing day.
hardly/not a day passes without: Hardly a day passed without a reporter calling or knocking at our door.
a ) transitive to spend time doing something:
We passed the day swimming and lying in the sun.
b ) pass the time to do something that makes a period of time seem shorter and end more quickly, especially when you are bored:
They watched videos to pass the time.
6. ) pass or pass off intransitive or transitive to kick, hit, or throw the ball to another player in a sports team
7. ) transitive to make a law, proposal, etc. become official, usually by voting to accept it:
one of the worst laws ever passed
a ) intransitive or transitive if a law, proposal, etc. passes, or passes a particular group, it becomes official as the result of a vote:
The legislation finally passed the Senate.
If the bill passes, it will fundamentally affect people's employment rights.
8. ) intransitive to be unable to answer a question, especially in a test:
He passed on three questions.
a ) SPOKEN used for saying that you do not know the answer to a question:
What is the capital of Sierra Leone? Pass.
9. ) intransitive if words or looks pass between people, they speak to each other or look at each other in a particular way:
No one really knows what passed between them that day.
10. ) intransitive to come to an end:
Children can be very difficult at this age. Don't worry it'll soon pass.
I felt a sharp pain, but it soon passed.
11. ) transitive to become more than a particular amount:
The death toll has already passed 200.
The three production sites will pass the 100,000 mark this quarter.
12. ) intransitive to happen or be allowed to happen:
pass without incident (=without anything unpleasant happening): The rest of the meeting passed without incident.
pass without comment (=without someone saying something about it): This innocent remark did not, however, pass without comment.
pass unnoticed: Her mistake seemed to have passed unnoticed.
let something pass (=not react to something that annoys you): Carol could see Andrew was furious and wasn't going to let this one pass.
13. ) transitive to make a comment or give an opinion, especially in order to criticize someone or something:
pass judgment (on): She was furious that he should have the nerve to pass judgment on her.
pass (a) comment (on/about): He was asked for his opinion but refused to pass comment.
14. ) transitive FORMAL to make something leave your body as a waste product or in a waste product:
I think he's passing blood in his urine.
a ) pass water FORMAL to make liquid waste leave your BLADDER
15. ) intransitive to stop being owned or controlled by one person and start being owned or controlled by another:
pass to: Under the will, ownership of the business will pass to my daughter.
pass from someone to someone: The estate has passed from father to son for generations.
16. ) intransitive to change from one state to another:
pass from something to something: At this temperature, the mixture passes from a solid to a liquid state.
17. ) intransitive to not play a card or make a BID in a card game
come to pass FORMAL
to happen:
How is it that this has come to pass?
pass belief/understanding etc. FORMAL
to be too strange or difficult to believe/understand etc.
pass (a) sentence (on someone)
to officially say in a court of law what a criminal's punishment will be:
Passing sentence, the judge told Kelly that the public needed protection from him.
pass the time of day (with someone)
to talk to someone for a short time, especially in order to be polite or friendly
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,pass a`round phrasal verb transitive
to give something to one person in a group, who gives it to someone else, who then gives it to someone else, etc.:
The photos were passed around for each of them to have a look at.
pass the hat around INFORMAL
to collect money from people in a group for a particular purpose
`pass as phrasal verb transitive
same as PASS FOR
,pass a`way or ,pass `on phrasal verb intransitive
to die. This word is used to avoid saying die when you think this might upset someone:
He passed away in his sleep at the age of eighty-four.
,pass `by phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive pass by someone/something to go past:
Three buses passed by, but none of them was the right one.
I was just passing by her house, so I thought I'd drop in and see her.
A car slowly passed by the front of the house.
2. ) transitive pass someone by if something passes you by, it happens, but you get no advantage from it:
Sometimes I feel that life is just passing me by.
3. ) transitive pass someone by MAINLY BRITISH if something passes you by, you do not notice it:
Did you tell me about that? Sorry, it completely passed me by.
,pass `down phrasal verb transitive
to give knowledge or teach skills to your children or to younger people:
These traditional stories have been passed down from parent to child over many generations.
`pass for or `pass as phrasal verb transitive
pass for someone/something to be accepted, wrongly, as being a particular type of person or thing:
He's nearly forty, but he could pass for twenty-five.
the slogans and name-calling that pass for political debate these days
,pass `off phrasal verb
1. ) transitive pass someone/something off as something to make people believe that a person or thing is something else:
He put on an old blue suit, intending to pass himself off as a businessman.
The watches are fakes, but they tried to pass them off as genuine Rolexes.
2. ) intransitive or transitive same as PASS1 6:
He faked a shot but passed off to Jordan instead.
3. ) intransitive BRITISH if an event passes off in a particular way, it happens in that way:
The protest march passed off without any serious trouble.
,pass `on phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to give someone something that someone else has given you:
When you've read this message, please pass it on.
pass something on to someone: I'll pass these clothes on to my nephew when my lads have outgrown them.
2. ) transitive to make someone who is buying something from you pay for the cost of something:
pass something on to someone: The retailer is forced to pass these extra costs on to the customer.
3. ) transitive to give someone an infectious illness:
I took the day off work because I didn't want to pass on my flu to everyone in the office.
a ) to give something such as a disease to your children through your genes
4. ) intransitive same as PASS AWAY
,pass `out phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to suddenly become unconscious, for example because you are too hot: FAINT:
People everywhere were passing out from the heat.
2. ) transitive to give something to each member of a group: GIVE OUT:
The hall was silent as the examination was passed out.
3. ) intransitive BRITISH to officially complete a course at a military or a police college
,pass `over phrasal verb transitive
1. ) often passive pass someone over to not give someone a better job, choosing instead someone who is younger or has less experience:
be passed over for something: Bill was upset about being passed over for the marketing job.
2. ) pass over something to ignore or not mention a statement or subject:
I mentioned that you were unhappy with your salary, but it was passed over.
,pass `through phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
pass through something to go to a place for only a short period of time before continuing a trip
,pass `up phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
pass up something to not take advantage of an opportunity:
I can't believe you passed up the chance to make a parachute jump.
pass 2 [ pæs ] noun count **
▸ 1 document allowing something
▸ 2 kick/hit etc. ball to someone
▸ 3 path through mountains
▸ 4 check of information
▸ 5 successful test result
▸ 6 movement over place
1. ) an official document that gives you permission to enter a place:
You always have to show your pass before they'll let you in.
a backstage/boarding/security pass
a ) an official document that gives you permission to use a particular form of transportation without having to pay each time:
You can get a weekly pass that costs a little bit less than ten rides.
2. ) a kick, hit, or throw of the ball to another player in your sports team:
Parker intercepted a pass and ran sixty yards to score.
3. ) a path or road that goes through an area of mountains:
a mountain pass
the Brenner Pass
4. ) one of several stages in a process that involves checking and dealing with information, often using a computer, in order to improve it:
I finished my first pass on my transcript yesterday.
5. ) a successful result in an examination or test:
pass in: She got a pass in math.
6. ) a movement past, over, through, etc. a place:
From above came the fading noise of the helicopter completing its pass.
make a pass at someone
to try to start a sexual relationship with someone, for example by talking to them or touching them in a sexual way
things have come to a pretty pass OLD-FASHIONED
used for saying that a situation has become very unpleasant, difficult, or UNACCEPTABLE

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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