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noun British English pronunciation: passage /ˈpæsɪdʒ/ 
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singularpassage
pluralpassages
  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 someone's 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. 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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