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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
  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. 5
    [intransitive] same as pass away
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