, 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.
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.
Phrasal Verbs: pass away
- 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.
To pass out of existence; end. To die. pass for
To be accepted as or believed to be: You could pass for a teenager. The fake painting passed for an original. pass off
To offer, sell, or put into circulation (an imitation) as genuine: pass off glass as a gemstone.
To present (one's self) as other than what one is: tried to pass himself off as a banker. pass out
To lose consciousness. pass over
To leave out; disregard. pass up Informal
To let go by; reject: pass up a chance for promotion; an opportunity too good to pass up.
Origin: Middle English passen
Origin: , from Old French passer
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin passāre
Origin: , from Latin passus, step; see pace1
Related Forms:Usage Note:
The past tense and past participle of pass
: They passed (or have passed) our home. Time had passed slowly. Past
is the corresponding adjective (in centuries past
), adverb (drove past
), preposition (past midnight
), and noun (lived in the past