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



    BrE BrE//pɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæs//
    Features of roads, Train and bus travel
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    in exam
  1. 1(especially British English) a successful result in an exam She got a pass in French. 12 passes and 3 fails Two A-level passes are needed for this course. The pass mark is 50%. The school has a 90% pass rate (= 90% of students pass their exams).
  2. official document
  3. 2an official document or ticket that shows that you have the right to enter or leave a place, to travel on a bus or train, etc. a boarding pass (= for a plane) There is no admittance without a security pass. see also bus pass See related entries: Train and bus travel
  4. of ball
  5. 3(in some sports) an act of hitting or throwing the ball to another player in your team a long pass to Turner a back pass to the goalkeeper
  6. through mountains
  7. 4a road or way over or through mountains a mountain pass They came over the top of the pass and started down towards the coast. See related entries: Features of roads
  8. moving past/over
  9. 5an act of going or moving past or over something The helicopter made several passes over the village before landing.
  10. stage in process
  11. 6a stage in a process, especially one that involves separating things from a larger group In the first pass all the addresses are loaded into the database.
  12. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 and noun senses 5 to 6 Middle English: from Old French passer, based on Latin passus ‘pace’. noun sense 4 Middle English (in the sense ‘division of a text, passage through’): variant of pace1, influenced by pass (verb) and French pas.Extra examples Applicants need a good degree pass. He picked up a back pass from one of his defenders. He played a back pass to the goalkeeper. He should get a good pass in mathematics. His long reach enables him to block passes. It’s difficult to obtain a pass at A Level. Lafferty played a pass down the right to Gallagher. McNabb has completed 57% of his passes with five touchdowns. Owen picked up a long pass from Beckham to score. Robson had pounced on a dropped pass. She barely scraped a pass in chemistry. The Dolphins are among the NFL’s best at defending the pass. The flight attendant asked to see my boarding pass. The pass mark is 40%. The referee disallowed the try for a forward pass. The teacher wrote out a hall pass and handed it to her. The visitors were issued with day passes. They had to struggle over the pass with their donkeys. We bought a two-day pass to Disneyland. We took the high pass over the ridge. Ziege played a pass behind the defence to Weiss. a monthly rail pass building a road through the pass soldiers on a weekend pass struggling over the pass with their donkeys The official asked to see our passes. The school has a 90% pass rate. You can buy a three-day pass that gives you entry to all the major sights. You will need a boarding pass to get onto the plane. a bus passIdioms
    come to such a pass, come to a pretty pass
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    (old-fashioned or humorous) to reach a sad or difficult state I never thought things would come to such a pass as this. Things have come to a pretty pass when we can’t afford to pay the heating bills!
    make a pass at somebody
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    (informal) to try to start a sexual relationship with somebody
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