- To pass is to successfully complete or finish something.
An example of pass is when you finish a college class successfully.
- To pass is defined as to go by or move through or out of something.
An example of pass is when your car is going faster than the one next to you and you pull in front of it and go by it.
- Pass means to hand something off to someone else or to refrain from doing something.
- An example of pass is when you hand someone the peas at dinner.
- An example of pass is when you skip going to the party.
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Origin: Middle English pas: see pace
- to go or move forward, through, or out
- to extend; lead: a road passing around the hill
- to be handed on or circulated from person to person
- to go, change, or be conveyed from one place, form, condition, circumstance, possession, etc. to another
- to be spoken or exchanged between persons, as greetings
- to cease; come to an end: often with away: the fever passed
- to go away; depart
- to die: now usually with away or on
- to go by; move by or past
- to slip by or elapse: an hour passed
- to get or make a way: with through or by
- to go, take place, or be accepted without question, dispute, or challenge
- to gain acceptance as a member of a group by assuming an identity with it in denial of one's ancestry, background, etc.
- to be sanctioned, ratified, or approved by some authority, as a legislative body
- to go through a trial, test, examination, or course of study successfully; satisfy given requirements or standards
- to be barely acceptable as a substitute
- to happen; take place; occur
- to sit in inquest or judgment
- to give a judgment, opinion, or sentence; decide (on or upon a matter)
- to be rendered or pronounced: the judgment passed against us
- to be expelled, as from the bowels
- Card Games to decline, when it is one's turn, a chance to bid, play a round, etc.
- Craps to make a winning throw (of the dice) in craps
- Sports to attempt or complete a pass of the ball, puck, etc.
Origin: Middle English passen from Old French passer from Vulgar Latin an unverified form passare from Classical Latin passus, a step: see pace
- to go by, beyond, past, over, or through; specif.,
- to leave behind: to pass others in a race
- to undergo; experience: usually with through
- to go by without noticing; disregard; ignore: to pass one's bus stop
- ☆ to omit the payment of (a regular dividend)
- to go through (a trial, test, examination, course of study, etc.) successfully; satisfy the requirements or standards of
- to go beyond or above the powers or limits of; surpass; excel
- Archaic to cross; traverse
- to cause or allow to go, move, or proceed; specif.,
- to send; dispatch
- to cause to move in a certain way; direct the movement of: to pass a comb through one's hair
- to guide into position: to pass a rope around a stake
- to cause to go through, or penetrate
- to cause to move past: to pass troops in review
- to cause or allow to get by an obstacle, obstruction, etc.
- to cause or allow to stand approved; ratify; sanction; enact; approve
- to cause or allow to go through an examination, test, etc. successfully
- to allow to go by or elapse; spend: often with away: to pass a pleasant hour
- to discharge or expel from the bowels, bladder, etc.; excrete; void
- ☆ Baseball to walk (a batter)
- to cause to move from place to place or person to person; transport or transmit; specif.,
- to hand to another: pass the salt
- to cause to be in circulation: to pass a bad check
- to hand, throw, or hit (a ball, puck, etc.) from one player to another
- to hit a tennis ball past (an opponent) so as to score a point
- Rare to pledge
- to pronounce or give (an opinion or judgment)
- to utter (a remark)
- to manipulate (cards, etc.) or trick (a person), as by sleight of hand
- an act of passing; passage
- the successful completion of a scholastic course or examination, esp. if without honors
- a mark, etc. indicating this
- condition or situation: a strange pass
- a ticket, certificate, etc. giving permission or authorization to come or go freely or without charge
- a ticket at a fixed price that permits unlimited rides, as on a bus or train for a specified period
- Mil. a written leave of absence for a brief period
- a motion of the hands that is meant to deceive, as in card tricks or magic; sleight of hand
- a motion or stroke of the hand, as in mesmerism or hypnotism
- a motion of the hand as if to strike
- a tentative attempt
- Informal a proposal of sexual intimacy, or an attempt to embrace, or kiss, as in seeking sexual intimacy
- Aeron. a flight over a specified point or at a target
- Card Games a declining to bid, play a round, etc. when it is one's turn
- Craps a winning throw (of the dice)
- an intentional transfer of the ball, puck, etc. to another player during play; also, an attempt to do so, whether or not successful
- a lunge or thrust made in fencing
- ☆ a walk in baseball
Origin: Fr passe < passer (see passthe ); partly < the ModE v.
- passer noun
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verb passed, pass·ing, pass·es verb, intransitive
- To move on or ahead; proceed.
- To extend; run: The river passes through our land.
- a. To move by: The band passed and the crowd cheered.b. To move past another vehicle: The sports car passed on the right.
- To gain passage despite obstacles: pass through difficult years.
- To move past in time; elapse: The days passed quickly.
- a. To be transferred from one to another; circulate: The wine passed around the table.b. Sports To transfer a ball or puck to a teammate.
- To be communicated or exchanged between persons: Loud words passed in the corridor.
- To be transferred or conveyed to another by will or deed: The title passed to the older heir.
- To undergo transition from one condition, form, quality, or characteristic to another: Daylight passed into darkness.
- To come to an end: My anger suddenly passed. The headache finally passed.
- To cease to exist; die. Often used with on: The patient passed on during the night.
- To happen; take place: What passed during the day?
- a. To be allowed to happen without notice or challenge: Let their rude remarks pass.b. Sports & Games To decline one's turn to bid, draw, bet, compete, or play.c. To decline an offer: When we offered him dessert, he passed.
- To undergo an examination or a trial with favorable results.
- a. To serve as a barely acceptable substitute: The spare tire was nearly bald but would pass until we bought a new one.b. To be accepted as a member of a group by denying one's own ancestry or background.
- To be approved or adopted: The motion to adjourn passed.
- Law a. To pronounce an opinion, judgment, or sentence.b. To sit in adjudication.
- To be voided: Luckily the kidney stone passed before she had to be hospitalized.
- Sports To thrust or lunge in fencing.
- To go by without stopping; leave behind.
- a. To go by without paying attention to; disregard or ignore: If you pass the new photographs in the collection, you'll miss some outstanding ones.b. To fail to pay (a dividend).
- To go beyond; surpass: The inheritance passed my wildest dreams.
- To go across; go through: We passed the border into Mexico.
- a. To undergo (a trial or examination) with favorable results: She passed every test.b. To cause or allow to go through a trial, test, or examination successfully: The instructor passed all the candidates.
- a. To cause to move: We passed our hands over the fabric.b. To cause to move into a certain position: pass a ribbon around a package.c. To cause to move as part of a process: pass liquid through a filter.d. To cause to go by: The sergeant passed his troops before the general and halted them at the grandstand.e. Baseball To walk (a batter).f. To maneuver (the bull) by means of a pase in bullfighting.
- To allow to go by or elapse; spend: He passed his winter in Vermont.
- To allow to cross a barrier: The border guard passed the tourists.
- a. To cause to be transferred from one to another; circulate: They passed the news quickly.b. To hand over to someone else: Please pass the bread.c. Sports To transfer (a ball, for example) to a teammate, as by throwing.d. To cause to be accepted; circulate fraudulently: pass counterfeit money.e. Law To transfer title or ownership of.
- To discharge (body waste, for example); void.
- a. To approve; adopt: The legislature passed the bill.b. To be sanctioned, ratified, or approved by: The bill passed the House of Representatives.
- To pronounce; utter: pass judgment; pass sentence on an offender.
- The act of passing; passage.
- A way, such as a narrow gap between mountains, that affords passage around, over, or through a barrier. See Synonyms at way.
- a. A permit, ticket, or authorization to come and go at will.b. A free ticket entitling one to transportation or admisssion.c. Written leave of absence from military duty.
- a. A sweep or run, as by an aircraft, over or toward an area or target.b. A single complete cycle of operations, as by a machine or computer program.
- A condition or situation, often critical in nature; a predicament. See Synonyms at crisis.
- A sexual invitation or overture.
- A motion of the hand or the waving of a wand.
- a. Sports A transfer of a ball or puck between teammates.b. Sports A lunge or thrust in fencing.c. Baseball A base on balls.
- Sports & Games A refusal to bid, draw, bet, compete, or play.
- Games A winning throw of the dice in craps.
- A pase in bullfighting.
Origin: Middle English passen, from Old French passer, from Vulgar Latin passāre, from Latin passus, step; see pace1.
- passˈer noun
, Joe Originally Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua. 1929-1994.
pass - Medical Definition
- To go across; go through.
- To cause to move into a certain position.
- To cease to exist; die.
- To be voided from the body.
pass - Phrases/Idioms
bring to pass
come to pass
- to come to an end; cease
- to take place; go through, as a transaction
- to be accepted or cause to be accepted as genuine, true, etc., esp. through deceit
- to distribute
- to become unconscious; faint
- to disregard; ignore; omit
- to leave (someone) out of consideration in promotions, appointments, etc.
pass someone's lips
- to be eaten or drunk by someone
- to be said by someone
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pass the hat
pass the time of day
pass the torch
bring to pass
come to pass
pass (one's) lips
- To be eaten or drunk.
- To issue or be spoken: Rumors never passed her lips.