Definition of pass verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pass
    BrE BrE//pɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæs//
    he / she / it passes
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪz//
    past simple passed
    BrE BrE//pɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæst//
    past participle passed
    BrE BrE//pɑːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæst//
    -ing form passing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to move past or to the other side of somebody/something Several people were passing but nobody offered to help. I hailed a passing taxi. The road was so narrow that cars were unable to pass. pass somebody/something to pass a barrier/sentry/checkpoint You'll pass a bank on the way to the train station. She passed me in the street without even saying hello. (especially North American English) There was a truck behind that was trying to pass me. The usual word in British English in the last example is overtake.
  2. 2  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to go or move in the direction mentioned The procession passed slowly along the street. A plane passed low overhead.
  3. 3[transitive] pass something + adv./prep. to make something move in the direction or into the position mentioned He passed the rope around the post three times to secure it. She passed her hand across her forehead.
  4. give
  5. 4  [transitive] to give something to somebody by putting it into their hands or in a place where they can easily reach it pass something (to somebody) Pass the salt, please. Pass that book over. pass somebody something Pass me over that book.
  6. ball
  7. 5  [transitive, intransitive] (in ball games) to kick, hit or throw the ball to a player of your own side pass something (to somebody) He passed the ball to Rooney. pass (to somebody) Why do they keep passing back to the goalie?
  8. after death
  9. 6[intransitive] pass to somebody to be given to another person after first belonging to somebody else, especially after the first person has died On his death, the title passed to his eldest son.
  10. become greater
  11. 7  [transitive] pass something (of an amount) to become greater than a particular total synonym exceed Unemployment has now passed the three million mark.
  12. change
  13. 8[intransitive] pass from something to/into something to change from one state or condition to another She had passed from childhood to early womanhood.
  14. time
  15. 9  [intransitive] when time passes, it goes by Six months passed and we still had no news of them. We grew more anxious with every passing day.
  16. 10  [transitive] pass something to spend time, especially when you are bored or waiting for something We sang songs to pass the time. How did you pass the evening?
  17. end
  18. 11  [intransitive] to come to an end; to be over They waited for the storm to pass.
  19. test/exam
  20. 12  [intransitive, transitive] to achieve the required standard in an exam, a test, etc. I'm not really expecting to pass first time. pass something She hasn't passed her driving test yet. opposite fail See related entries: Exams and assessment
  21. 13[transitive] pass somebody to test somebody and decide that they are good enough, according to an agreed standard The examiners passed all the candidates. opposite fail See related entries: Exams and assessment
  22. law/proposal
  23. 14  [transitive] pass something to accept a proposal, law, etc. by voting The bill was passed by 360 votes to 280. See related entries: Parliament
  24. happen
  25. 15[intransitive] to be allowed I don't like it, but I'll let it pass (= will not object). Her remarks passed without comment (= people ignored them).
  26. 16[intransitive] to happen; to be said or done pass (between A and B) They'll never be friends again after all that has passed between them. + adj. His departure passed unnoticed.
  27. not know
  28. 17[intransitive] pass (on something) to say that you do not know the answer to a question, especially during a quiz ‘What's the capital of Peru?’ ‘I'll have to pass on that one.’ ‘Who wrote ‘Catch-22’?’ ‘Pass (= I don't know).’
  29. not want
  30. 18[intransitive] pass (on something) to say that you do not want something that is offered to you Thanks. I'm going to pass on dessert, if you don't mind.
  31. say/state something
  32. 19[transitive] pass something (on somebody/something) to say or state something, especially officially The court waited in silence for the judge to pass sentence. It's not for me to pass judgement on your behaviour. The man smiled at the girl and passed a friendly remark.
  33. belief/understanding
  34. 20[transitive] pass belief, understanding, etc. (formal) to go beyond the limits of what you can believe, understand, etc. It passes belief (= is impossible to believe) that she could do such a thing.
  35. in card games
  36. 21[intransitive] to refuse to play a card or make a bid1 (4) when it is your turn
  37. from the body
  38. 22[transitive] pass something to send something out from the body as or with waste matter If you're passing blood you ought to see a doctor. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet.
  39. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French passer, based on Latin passus ‘pace’.Extra examples How did such a disaster come to pass? I don’t like it, but I’ll let it pass. I wondered how it came to pass that a thinking man bore the prejudices of his unthinking parents. In the confusion her departure passed unnoticed. The Kansas State House narrowly passed the legislation last year. The days passed uneventfully. The security guard refused to let us pass. The time passed quickly. We played games to help pass the time. As they passed under the bridge they heard a noise above them. Bomber planes were passing overhead all night. Could you pass me that book? He pulled out to pass a truck. I passed my driving test. I’m not really expecting to pass first time. It’s difficult to pass on this circuit. She passed him with a fractional quickening of her pace. She passed with flying colours. Three students in the class passed with distinction. We passed through the Spanish Quarter on our way here. We grew more anxious with every passing day.Idioms (old use) to happen
    1. 1if words do not pass your lips, you say nothing
    2. 2if food or drink does not pass your lips, you eat or drink nothing
    pass the hat round/around
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    (informal) to collect money from a number of people, for example to buy a present for somebody
    to be accepted as of a good enough standard
    pass the time of day (with somebody)
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    to say hello to somebody and have a short conversation with them
    (formal) to urinate
    Phrasal Verbspass as somebodypass as somebodypass awaypass bypass somebody bypass somethingdownpass into somethingpass offpass somebody off as somebodypass onpass somethingon (to somebody)pass outpass out (of something)pass somebodyoverpass over somethingpass round somethingpass through…pass somethingup
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