Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pass on

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
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
See also main entry: pass

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog