Definition of Pass in English :

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Meaning of Pass in English

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see synonyms of pass


1. base on balls, pass, walk

(baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls

Example Sentences:
'he worked the pitcher for a base on balls'

2. pass

(military) a written leave of absence

Example Sentences:
'he had a pass for three days'

3. pass, passing, passing game, passing play

(American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate

Example Sentences:
'the coach sent in a passing play on third and long'

4. mountain pass, notch, pass

the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

Example Sentences:
'we got through the pass before it started to snow'

5. pass, passport

any authorization to pass or go somewhere

Example Sentences:
'the pass to visit had a strict time limit'

6. laissez passer, pass

a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions

Example Sentences:
'the media representatives had special passes'

7. pass

a flight or run by an aircraft over a target

Example Sentences:
'the plane turned to make a second pass'

8. pass, strait, straits

a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

9. head, pass, straits

a difficult juncture

Example Sentences:
'a pretty pass'
'matters came to a head yesterday'

10. pass

one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)

Example Sentences:
'it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass'

11. bye, pass

you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

Example Sentences:
'he had a bye in the first round'

12. liberty chit, pass

a permit to enter or leave a military installation

Example Sentences:
'he had to show his pass in order to get out'

13. pass

a complimentary ticket

Example Sentences:
'the star got passes for his family'

14. crack, fling, go, offer, pass, whirl

a usually brief attempt

Example Sentences:
'he took a crack at it'
'I gave it a whirl'

15. flip, pass, toss

(sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

Example Sentences:
'the pass was fumbled'

16. pass, passing, qualifying

success in satisfying a test or requirement

Example Sentences:
'his future depended on his passing that test'
'he got a pass in introductory chemistry'


17. go across, go through, pass

go across or through

Example Sentences:
'We passed the point where the police car had parked'
'A terrible thought went through his mind'

18. go by, go past, pass, pass by, surpass, travel by

move past

Example Sentences:
'A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window'
'He passed his professor in the hall'
'One line of soldiers surpassed the other'

19. legislate, pass

make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

Example Sentences:
'They passed the amendment'
'We cannot legislate how people spend their free time'

20. elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by

pass by

Example Sentences:
'three years elapsed'

21. give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

place into the hands or custody of

Example Sentences:
'hand me the spoon, please'
'Turn the files over to me, please'
'He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers'

22. extend, go, lead, pass, run

stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

Example Sentences:
'Service runs all the way to Cranbury'
'His knowledge doesn't go very far'
'My memory extends back to my fourth year of life'
'The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets'

23. overhaul, overtake, pass

travel past

Example Sentences:
'The sports car passed all the trucks'

24. come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

come to pass

Example Sentences:
'What is happening?'
'The meeting took place off without an incidence'
'Nothing occurred that seemed important'

25. clear, pass

go unchallenged; be approved

Example Sentences:
'The bill cleared the House'

26. pass, spend

pass time in a specific way

Example Sentences:
'how are you spending your summer vacation?'

27. draw, guide, pass, run

pass over, across, or through

Example Sentences:
'He ran his eyes over her body'
'She ran her fingers along the carved figurine'
'He drew her hair through his fingers'

28. communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

transmit information

Example Sentences:
'Please communicate this message to all employees'
'pass along the good news'

29. blow over, evanesce, fade, fleet, pass, pass off

disappear gradually

Example Sentences:
'The pain eventually passed off'

30. make it, pass

go successfully through a test or a selection process

Example Sentences:
'She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now'

31. exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend

be superior or better than some standard

Example Sentences:
'She exceeded our expectations'
'She topped her performance of last year'

32. pass

accept or judge as acceptable

Example Sentences:
'The teacher passed the student although he was weak'

33. pass

allow to go without comment or censure

Example Sentences:
'the insult passed as if unnoticed'

34. pass

transfer to another; of rights or property

Example Sentences:
'Our house passed under his official control'

35. lapse, pass, sink

pass into a specified state or condition

Example Sentences:
'He sank into nirvana'

36. pass

throw (a ball) to another player

Example Sentences:
'Smith passed'

37. devolve, fall, pass, return

be inherited by

Example Sentences:
'The estate fell to my sister'
'The land returned to the family'
'The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead'

38. make pass, pass

cause to pass

Example Sentences:
'She passed around the plates'

39. authorise, authorize, clear, pass

grant authorization or clearance for

Example Sentences:
'Clear the manuscript for publication'
'The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography'

40. buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

Example Sentences:
'She died from cancer'
'The children perished in the fire'
'The patient went peacefully'
'The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102'

41. egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

eliminate from the body

Example Sentences:
'Pass a kidney stone'


42. pass, passing

of advancing the ball by throwing it

Example Sentences:
'a team with a good passing attack'
'a pass play'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of pass
to go onwards or move by or past (a person, thing, etc)
to run, extend, or lead through, over, or across (a place)
the route passes through the city
to go through or cause to go through (an obstacle or barrier)
to pass a needle through cloth
to move or cause to move onwards or over
he passed his hand over her face
5. (transitive)
to go beyond or exceed
this victory passes all expectation
to gain or cause to gain an adequate or required mark, grade, or rating in (an examination, course, etc)
the examiner passed them all
7. (often foll by away or by)
to elapse or allow to elapse
we passed the time talking
8.  pass the time of day with someone
9. (intransitive)
to take place or happen
what passed at the meeting?
to speak or exchange or be spoken or exchanged
angry words passed between them
to spread or cause to spread
we passed the news round the class
to transfer or exchange or be transferred or exchanged
the bomb passed from hand to hand
13. (intransitive)
to undergo change or transition
to pass from joy to despair
14. (when tr, often foll by down)
to transfer or be transferred by inheritance
the house passed to the younger son
to agree to or sanction or to be agreed to or receive the sanction of a legislative body, person of authority, etc
the assembly passed 10 resolutions
16. (transitive)
(of a legislative measure) to undergo (a procedural stage) and be agreed
the bill passed the committee stage
17. (when tr, often foll by on or upon)
to pronounce or deliver (judgment, findings, etc)
the court passed sentence
to go or allow to go without comment or censure
the intended insult passed unnoticed
19. (intransitive)
to opt not to exercise a right, as by not answering a question or not making a bid or a play in card games
20. physiology
to discharge (urine, faeces, etc) from the body
21.  pass water
22. (intransitive)
to come to an end or disappear
his anger soon passed
23. (intr; usually foll by for or as)
to be likely to be mistaken for or accepted as (someone or something else)
you could easily pass for your sister
24. (intr; foll by away, on, or over) a euphemism for die1 (sense 1)
25. (transitive) mainly US
to fail to declare (a dividend)
26. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) mainly US
(of a court, jury, etc) to sit in judgment; adjudicate
27. sport
to hit, kick, or throw (the ball) to another player
28.  bring to pass
29.  come to pass
the act of passing
a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
(capital as part of a name)
the Simplon Pass
a way through any difficult region
a permit, licence, or authorization to do something without restriction
she has a pass to visit the museum on Sundays
a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
a document authorizing leave of absence
35. British
the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
(as modifier)
a pass degree
Compare honours (sense 2)
a dive, sweep, or bombing or landing run by an aircraft
a motion of the hand or of a wand as a prelude to or part of a conjuring trick
38. informal
an attempt, in words or action, to invite sexual intimacy (esp in the phrase make a pass at)
a state of affairs or condition, esp a bad or difficult one (esp in the phrase a pretty pass)
40. sport
the transfer of a ball from one player to another
41. fencing
a thrust or lunge with a sword
42. bridge
the act of passing (making no bid)
43. bullfighting a variant of pase
44. archaic
a witty sally or remark
45. bridge
a call indicating that a player has no bid to make
abbreviation for

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see synonyms of pass
a narrow passage or opening, esp. between mountains; gap; defile
verb intransitive
to go or move forward, through, or out
to extend; lead
a road passing around the hill
to be handed on or circulated from person to person
to go, change, or be conveyed from one place, form, condition, circumstance, possession, etc. to another
to be spoken or exchanged between persons, as greetings
to cease; come to an end
often with away
the fever passed
to go away; depart
to die
now usually with away or on
to go by; move by or past
to slip by or elapse
an hour passed
to get or make a way
with through or by
to go, take place, or be accepted without question, dispute, or challenge
to gain acceptance as a member of a group by assuming an identity with it in denial of one's ancestry, background, etc.
to be sanctioned, ratified, or approved by some authority, as a legislative body
to go through a trial, test, examination, or course of study successfully; satisfy given requirements or standards
to be barely acceptable as a substitute
to happen; take place; occur
to sit in inquest or judgment
to give a judgment, opinion, or sentence; decide (on or upon a matter)
to be rendered or pronounced
the judgment passed against us
to be expelled, as from the bowels
18.  Cards
to decline, when it is one's turn, a chance to bid, play a round, etc.
19.  Craps
to make a winning throw (of the dice) in craps
20.  Sport
to attempt or complete a pass of the ball, puck, etc.
verb transitive
to go by, beyond, past, over, or through
; specif.,
to leave behind
to pass others in a race
to undergo; experience
usually with through
to go by without noticing; disregard; ignore
to pass one's bus stop
d.  US
to omit the payment of (a regular dividend)
to go through (a trial, test, examination, course of study, etc.) successfully; satisfy the requirements or standards of
to go beyond or above the powers or limits of; surpass; excel
g.  Archaic
to cross; traverse
to cause or allow to go, move, or proceed
; specif.,
to send; dispatch
to cause to move in a certain way; direct the movement of
to pass a comb through one's hair
to guide into position
to pass a rope around a stake
to cause to go through, or penetrate
to cause to move past
to pass troops in review
to cause or allow to get by an obstacle, obstruction, etc.
to cause or allow to stand approved; ratify; sanction; enact; approve
to cause or allow to go through an examination, test, etc. successfully
to allow to go by or elapse; spend
often with away
to pass a pleasant hour
to discharge or expel from the bowels, bladder, etc.; excrete; void
k.  US, Baseball
to walk (a batter)
to cause to move from place to place or person to person; transport or transmit
; specif.,
to hand to another
pass the salt
to cause to be in circulation
to pass a bad check
to hand, throw, or hit (a ball, puck, etc.) from one player to another
to hit a tennis ball past (an opponent) so as to score a point
24.  Rare
to pledge
to pronounce or give (an opinion or judgment)
to utter (a remark)
to manipulate (cards, etc.) or trick (a person), as by sleight of hand
an act of passing; passage
the successful completion of a scholastic course or examination, esp. if without honors
a mark, etc. indicating this
condition or situation
a strange pass
a ticket, certificate, etc. giving permission or authorization to come or go freely or without charge
a ticket at a fixed price that permits unlimited rides, as on a bus or train for a specified period
c.  Military
a written leave of absence for a brief period
a motion of the hands that is meant to deceive, as in card tricks or magic; sleight of hand
a motion or stroke of the hand, as in mesmerism or hypnotism
a motion of the hand as if to strike
a tentative attempt
34.  Informal
a proposal of sexual intimacy, or an attempt to embrace, or kiss, as in seeking sexual intimacy
35.  Aeronautics
a flight over a specified point or at a target
36.  Cards
a declining to bid, play a round, etc. when it is one's turn
37.  Craps
a winning throw (of the dice)
38.  Sport
an intentional transfer of the ball, puck, etc. to another player during play; also, an attempt to do so, whether or not successful
a lunge or thrust made in fencing
c.  US
a walk in baseball

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see synonyms of pass
1. passage
2. passive
v. passed, pass·ing, pass·es
1. To move on or ahead; proceed: The train passed through fields of wheat.
2. To extend; run: The river passes through our land.
a. To move by or in front of something: The band passed and the crowd cheered.
b. To move past another vehicle: The sports car passed on the right.
4. To gain passage despite obstacles: pass through difficult years.
5. To move past in time; elapse: The days passed quickly.
a. To be transferred from one to another; circulate: The wine passed around the table.
b. Sports To transfer a ball or puck to a teammate.
7. To be communicated or exchanged between persons: Loud words passed in the corridor.
8. To be transferred or conveyed to another by will or deed: The title passed to the older heir.
9. To undergo transition from one condition, form, quality, or characteristic to another: Daylight passed into darkness.
10. To come to an end: My anger suddenly passed. The headache finally passed.
11. To cease to exist; die. Often used with on: The patient passed on during the night.
12. To happen; take place: wanted to know what had passed at the meeting.
a. To be allowed to happen without notice or challenge: Let their rude remarks pass.
b. Sports & Games To decline one's turn to bid, draw, bet, compete, or play.
c. To decline an offer: When we offered him dessert, he passed.
14. To undergo an examination or a trial with favorable results.
a. To serve as a barely acceptable substitute: The spare tire was nearly bald but would pass until we bought a new one.
b. To be accepted as a member of a group by denying one's own ancestry or background.
16. To be approved or adopted: The motion to adjourn passed.
17. Law
a. To make a decision: to pass upon a legal question.
b. To convey property to an heir or heirs: to pass according to the terms of the will.
18. Medicine To be discharged from a bodily part: The patient had a lot of pain when the kidney stone passed.
19. Sports To thrust or lunge in fencing.
a. To go by without stopping; proceed beyond or leave behind: The bus passed a gas station.
b. To go across; go through: We passed the border into Mexico.
2. To allow to go by or elapse; spend: He passed his winter in Vermont.
a. To go by without paying attention to; disregard or ignore: If you pass the new photographs in the collection, you'll miss some outstanding ones.
b. To fail to pay (a dividend).
4. To go beyond; surpass: The inheritance passed my wildest dreams.
a. To undergo (a trial or examination) with favorable results: She passed every test.
b. To cause or allow to go through a trial, test, or examination successfully: The instructor passed all the candidates.
a. To cause to move: We passed our hands over the fabric.
b. To cause to move into a certain position: pass a ribbon around a package.
c. To cause to move as part of a process: pass liquid through a filter.
d. To cause to go by: The sergeant passed his troops before the grandstand.
e. To allow to cross a barrier: The border guard passed the tourists.
f. Baseball To walk (a batter).
g. To maneuver (the bull) by means of a pase in bullfighting.
a. To cause to be transferred from one to another; circulate: They passed the news quickly.
b. To hand over to someone else: Please pass the bread.
c. Sports To transfer (a ball, for example) to a teammate, as by throwing.
d. To cause to be accepted; circulate fraudulently: pass counterfeit money.
e. Law To convey (property) to an heir or heirs: to pass an estate.
8. Medicine To discharge (a waste product, for example) from a bodily part.
9. Medicine To introduce (an instrument) into a bodily cavity.
a. To approve; adopt: The legislature passed the bill.
b. To be sanctioned, ratified, or approved by: The bill passed the House of Representatives.
11. To pronounce; utter: pass judgment; pass sentence on an offender.
1. The act of passing; passage.
2. A way, such as a narrow gap between mountains, that affords passage around, over, or through a barrier.
a. A permit, ticket, or authorization to come and go at will.
b. A free ticket entitling one to transportation or admission.
c. Written leave of absence from military duty.
d. A passing grade, especially when graded using a pass-fail grading system.
a. A sweep or run, as by an aircraft, over or toward an area or target.
b. A single complete cycle of operations, as by a machine or computer program.
5. A condition or situation, often critical in nature; a predicament: contract negotiations that had come to an emotional pass.
6. A sexual invitation or overture: Was he making a pass at her?
7. A motion of the hand or the waving of a wand: The magician made a pass over the hat.
a. Sports A transfer of a ball or puck between teammates.
b. Sports A lunge or thrust in fencing.
c. Baseball A base on balls.
9. Sports & Games A refusal to bid, draw, bet, compete, or play.
10. Games A winning throw of the dice in craps.
11. A pase in bullfighting.
American jazz guitarist noted for his exceptional technique.

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