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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypass by
he/she/itpasses by
present participlepassing by
past tensepassed by
past participlepassed by
  1. 1
    [intransitive/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. 2
    [transitive] pass someone by if something passes you by, you are not able to take advantage of the opportunities it offers

    Sometimes I feel that life is just passing me by.

  3. 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.

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