(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. in the body
- 2 [countable] a tube in the body through which air, liquid, etc. passes blocked nasal passages see also back passage section from book
- 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 of time
- 4[singular] the passage of time (literary) the process of time passing Her confidence grew with the passage of time. of bill in parliament
- 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 journey by ship
- 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 going through
- 7[singular] a passage (through something) a way through something The officers forced a passage through the crowd.
- 8[uncountable] (formal) the action of going across, through or past something Large trees may obstruct the passage of light.
- 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. see also bird of passage, rite of passage Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin passus
long narrow way