Definition of passage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪdʒ//
    Parliament, Types of text, Elements of a story, Travelling by boat or ship
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    long narrow way
  1. 1   (also passageway
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪdʒweɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪdʒweɪ//
    [countable] a long narrow area with walls on either side that connects one room or place with another synonym corridor a secret underground passage A dark narrow passage led to the main hall.
  2. in the body
  3. 2 [countable] a tube in the body through which air, liquid, etc. passes blocked nasal passages see also back passage
  4. section from book
  5. 3  [countable] a short section from a book, piece of music, etc. synonym excerpt, extract Read the following passage and answer the questions below. CollocationsLiteratureBeing a writer write/​publish literature/​poetry/​fiction/​a book/​a story/​a poem/​a novel/​a review/​an autobiography become a writer/​novelist/​playwright find/​have a publisher/​an agent have a new book out edit/​revise/​proofread a book/​text/​manuscript dedicate a book/​poem to…Plot, character and atmosphere construct/​create/​weave/​weave something into a complex narrative advance/​drive the plot introduce/​present the protagonist/​a character describe/​depict/​portray a character (as…)/(somebody as) a hero/​villain create an exciting/​a tense atmosphere build/​heighten the suspense/​tension evoke/​capture the pathos of the situation convey emotion/​an idea/​an impression/​a sense of… engage the reader seize/​capture/​grip the (reader’s) imagination arouse/​elicit emotion/​sympathy (in the reader) lack imagination/​emotion/​structure/​rhythmLanguage, style and imagery use/​employ language/​imagery/​humour/(especially US English) humor/​an image/​a symbol/​a metaphor/​a device use/​adopt/​develop a style/​technique be rich in/​be full of symbolism evoke images of…/a sense of…/a feeling of… create/​achieve an effect maintain/​lighten the tone introduce/​develop an idea/​a theme inspire a novel/​a poet/​somebody’s work/​somebody’s imaginationReading and criticism read an author/​somebody’s work/​fiction/​poetry/​a text/​a poem/​a novel/​a chapter/​a passage review a book/​a novel/​somebody’s work give something/​get/​have/​receive a good/​bad review be hailed (as)/be recognized as a masterpiece quote a(n) phrase/​line/​stanza/​passage/​author provoke/​spark discussion/​criticism study/​interpret/​understand a text/​passage translate somebody’s work/​a text/​a passage/​a novel/​a poem See related entries: Types of text, Elements of a story
  6. of time
  7. 4[singular] the passage of time (literary) the process of time passing Her confidence grew with the passage of time.
  8. of bill in parliament
  9. 5[singular] the process of discussing a bill in a parliament so that it can become law The bill is now guaranteed an easy passage through the House of Representatives. See related entries: Parliament
  10. journey by ship
  11. 6[singular] a journey from one place to another by ship Her grandfather had worked his passage (= worked on a ship to pay for the journey) to America. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  12. going through
  13. 7[singular] a passage (through something) a way through something The officers forced a passage through the crowd.
  14. 8[uncountable] (formal) the action of going across, through or past something Large trees may obstruct the passage of light.
  15. 9[uncountable, countable, usually singular] the permission to travel across a particular area of land We were promised (a) safe passage through the occupied territory. If the law were passed, EU nationals would no longer enjoy free passage through member states.
  16. see also bird of passage, rite of passage
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, based on Latin passus ‘pace’.Extra examples Escort ships were needed to ensure safe passage on the seas. He deserves credit for ensuring the passage of the Civil Rights Act. He forced a passage for the singer through the crowd. He worked his passage to Australia. He worked his passage= worked on the ship to pay for his ticket to Australia. His writings are filled with poignant passages describing winter winds. I have quoted this passage at length. I’ll dig out the relevant passages in St Augustine. If the men resigned, they had to pay their outward passages. In the 15th symphony he quotes a passage from Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ overture. Marriage is seen as a rite of passage. Portugal’s passage into the next round of the tournament She had secured passage on a ship heading for England. Someone was waiting outside in the passage. Starr voted for the final passage of the bill. State-of-the-art suspension guarantees a smooth passage over the bumpiest road. Steps cut in the hillside give walkers an easy passage down the mountain. The Security Council has demanded free passage for families fleeing from the fighting. The bill is expected to face a stormy passage in both houses. The bill will complete its passage in November. The bills did not gain passage in the Senate. The problems only got worse with the passage of time. The ship had been denied passage. There is an underground passage from the church to the house. There was a bedroom with a small passage leading off to a bathroom. There was a door at the end of the passage. There was much controversy during the passage of the bill. There’s a lot of slang in this passage. They denied him passage through the territory. They have launched a campaign to block passage of the bill. We are not aware of our passage from consciousness to sleep. We had a stormy passage to India. We met him on our outward passage. We ran through the dark passage. a narrow passage through the bushes a passage from the Bible a rough passage across the Atlantic a safe passage out of the war zone a strategy to ensure the bill’s smooth passage through Parliament rituals which mark the passage of the seasons the maze of secret passages which wound their way under the building the passage between the cottage and the house the passage between the two houses the slow passage of a snail across the veranda to clear a passage for ships through the ice A dark, narrow passage led to the main hall. It is said that the two houses were connected by a secret underground passage. It was a long, rough passage, battling into the wind for seven hours. My grandfather had worked his passage to America. The canal route was shorter than the sea passage around the northern coast. The children were asked to choose their favourite passage from the books they had read. The operation will allow free passage of fluid in and out of the organ. There are passages in this book which are very hard to understand.
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