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verb pass pronunciation in American English /pæs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepassing
past tensepassed
past participlepassed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to go past something

    They stopped at the crossing, waiting for the train to pass.

    We sometimes pass each other on the street.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move in a particular direction or to a particular place or position
    pass through/along/over etc.:

    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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something in a particular direction or to a particular place or position
      pass around/across/through etc.:

      He passed his hand across his forehead.

      They managed to pass a message under the doorway.

    2. 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. 3
    [intransitive/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.

    1. 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. 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.

    1. b.
      to give someone false money as payment for something
  5. 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.

    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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to spend time doing something

      We passed the day swimming and lying in the sun.

  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to kick, hit, or throw the ball to another player in a sports team
  7. 7
    [transitive] to make a law, proposal, etc. become official, usually by voting to accept it

    This is one of the worst laws ever passed.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a law, proposal, etc. passes, or passes a particular law-making body, it becomes official as the result of a vote
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 12
    [intransitive] to happen, or to 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 17
    [intransitive] to not play a card or not make a bid in a card game


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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