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noun passage pronunciation in British English /ˈpæsɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a long narrow area with walls on each side that leads from one room or place to another
    There was a small office leading off a passage between the kitchen and the back door.
  2. 2
    [countable] a short section of a book, article, poem, or piece of music, considered on its own
    He read me a passage from his favourite book.
  3. 3
    [countable] a particular period, for example in someones life or in a sports event
    This had been an embarrassing and regrettable passage in her career.
  4. 4
    [singular] a way through a place, especially when this is difficult
    passage through: Branches and vines blocked our passage through the jungle.
    There was an icebreaker clearing a passage for ships through the ice.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] movement past, over, or through a place
    The passage of heavy guns had left deep ruts in the field.
  6. 6
    [singular] the process by which a bill is discussed in a parliament and becomes law
    passage through: The bill had a surprisingly stormy passage through the House of Lords.
  7. 7
    [countable] a tube in your body for air or liquid to pass along or pass through
    Her air passages were blocked.
  8. 8
    [countable] a journey or a ticket for a journey by ship to a place
    passage to: He had saved enough money to pay his passage to America.
    work your passage (=pay for your ticket by working on the ship): He managed to work his passage on a Polish boat to Stockholm.
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