- 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 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to go or move in the direction mentioned The procession passed slowly along the street. A plane passed low overhead.
- 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. give
- 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. ball
- 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? after death
- 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. become greater
- 7 [transitive] pass something (of an amount) to become greater than a particular total synonym exceed Unemployment has now passed the three million mark. change
- 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. time
- 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.
- 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? end
- 11 [intransitive] to come to an end; to be over They waited for the storm to pass. test/exam
- 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
- 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 law/proposal
- 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 happen
- 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).
- 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. not know
- 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).’ not want
- 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. say/state something
- 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. belief/understanding
- 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. in card games
- 21[intransitive] to refuse to play a card or make a bid1 when it is your turn from the body
- 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. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French passer, based on Latin passus
- 1if words do not pass your lips, you say nothing
- 2if food or drink does not pass your lips, you eat or drink nothing
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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//Parliament, Exams and assessment