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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypass on
he/she/itpasses on
present participlepassing on
past tensepassed on
past participlepassed on
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give someone something that someone else has given you

    When you’ve read this message, please pass it on.

    pass something on to someone:

    I’ll pass these clothes on to my nephew when my lads have outgrown them.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give someone an infectious illness

    I took the day off work because I didn’t want to pass on my flu to everyone in the office.

    1. a.
      to give something such as a disease to your children through your genes

      Women can’t get this condition although they can pass it on.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make someone who is buying something from you pay for the cost of something
    pass something on to someone:

    The retailer is forced to pass these extra costs on to the customer.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to arrange for a customer to speak to someone else who can give them the information or service that they have asked you for, because you cannot provide it for them
    pass someone on to someone:

    I’ll pass you on to our claims department.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] same as pass1
See also main entry: pass


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