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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
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  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 call 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 do not notice it
    Did you tell me about that? Sorry, it completely passed me by.
  3. 3
    [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.
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