pass: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pas, päs), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to move past; go by: to pass another car on the road.
  2. to let go without notice, action, remark, etc.; leave unconsidered; disregard; overlook: Pass chapter two and go on to chapter three.
  3. to omit the usual or regular payment of: The company decided to pass its dividend in the third quarter of the year.
  4. to cause or allow to go through or beyond a gate, barrier, etc.: The guard checked the identification papers and then passed the visitor.
  5. to go across or over (a stream, threshold, etc.); cross.
  6. to endure or undergo: They passed the worst night of their lives.
  7. to undergo or complete successfully: to pass an examination.
  8. to cause or permit to complete successfully (an investigation, examination, course of study, etc.): I am passing the whole class this term.
  9. to go beyond (a point, degree, stage, etc.); transcend; exceed; surpass.
  10. to cause to go or extend farther: to pass a rope through a hole.
  11. to cause to go, move, or march by: to pass troops in review.
  12. to allot to oneself (a portion of time); spend: He decided to pass a year abroad.
  13. to live through, utilize, or fill; occupy oneself during: How to pass the time?
  14. to cause to circulate or spread; disseminate: to pass rumors.
  15. to cause to be accepted or received: to pass a worthless check.
  16. to convey, transfer, or transmit; deliver (often fol. by on): Pass this memo on after reading it.
  17. to convey from one person, hand, etc., to another: Please pass the salt.
  18. to pledge: to pass one's word of honor to remain loyal.
  19. to utter, pronounce, or speak: She passed a remark about every passerby.
  20. to cause to go through something, as a process or agency: to pass returning travelers through customs.
  21. to discharge or void from the body, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  22. to sanction or approve, esp. by vote: Congress passed the bill.
  23. to obtain the approval or sanction of (a legislative body, committee, etc.), esp. by a vote: The bill passed Congress on the second vote.
  24. to express or pronounce, as an opinion: to pass judgment without knowing the facts.
  25. to place legal title or interest in (another) by a conveyance, a will, or other transfer.
  26. (in feats of magic) to perform a pass on.
  27. to make a passing shot against (an opponent).
  28. to transfer (the ball or puck) to a teammate.
  29. (of a bullfighter) to provoke and guide the charge of (a bull) with the capa or esp. the muleta.
  1. to go or move onward; proceed.
  2. to come to or toward, then go beyond: to pass by a shop; to pass through town.
  3. to go away; depart: The dizzy feeling will pass in a minute.
  4. to elapse or slip by; be spent: The day passed very quickly for him.
  5. to come to an end: The crisis soon passed.
  6. to die.
  7. to take place; happen; occur: What passed while I was on vacation?
  8. to go by or move past: The funeral procession passed slowly.
  9. to go about or circulate; be current.
  10. to serve as a marginally acceptable substitute: The facsimile isn't very good but it will pass.
  11. to live or be known as a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic group other than one's own, esp. to live and be known as a white person although of black ancestry.
  12. to be transferred or conveyed: The crown passed to the king's nephew.
  13. to be interchanged, as between two persons: Sharp words passed between them.
  14. to undergo transition or conversion: to pass from a solid to a liquid state.
  15. to go or get through a barrier, test, course of study, etc., successfully: Of the twenty who took the exam, only twelve passed.
  16. to go unheeded, unchallenged, or unremarked on: He decided to let the insult pass.
  17. to express or pronounce an opinion, judgment, verdict, etc. (usually fol. by on or upon): Will you pass on the authenticity of this drawing?
  18. to be voided, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  19. to obtain the vote of approval or sanction of a legislative body, official committee, or the like: The new tax bill finally passed.
  20. to pass on a case of manslaughter.
    1. (of a member of an inquest or other deliberative body) to sit (usually fol. by on or upon):to pass on a case of manslaughter.
    2. to adjudicate.
    3. to vest title or other legal interest in real or personal property in a new owner.
  21. to throw a ball from one person to another, as in a game of catch.
  22. to make a pass, as in football or ice hockey.
    1. to forgo one's opportunity to bid, play, etc.
    2. to throw in one's hand.
  23. to thrust or lunge.
  24. to cause to happen; bring about: His wife's death brought to pass a change in his attitude toward religion.
  25. to occur; happen: Strange things came to pass.
  26. to add (incurred extra costs or expenses) to the amount charged a client or customer: Airlines were passing along the sudden increase in fuel prices.
  27. All this trouble will pass away.
    1. to cease; end:All this trouble will pass away.
    2. to die:He passed away during the night.
  28. to be accepted as; be considered: material that passed for silk.
  29. See(def. 11).
  30. to pass off a spurious de Kooning on a gullible buyer.
    1. to present or offer (something) under false pretenses; dispose of deceptively:to pass off a spurious de Kooning on a gullible buyer.
    2. to cause to be accepted or received under a false identity:He passed himself off as a doctor.
    3. to cease gradually; end:The headache passed off in the late afternoon.
    4. to disregard or ignore.
    5. to continue to completion; occur:The meeting passed off without incident.
  31. to die: The patient passed on after a long illness.
  32. to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
    1. to lose consciousness; faint.
    2. to die; pass away.
    3. to distribute, esp. individually by hand:to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
    4. to walk or march out or through; leave or exit by means of:The graduates will pass out the center aisle after receiving their diplomas. Pass out this door and turn left.
    5. to be exempted or promoted from:Jerry passed out of freshman composition on the basis of his entering essay.
  33. Just pass over the first part of his letter.
    1. to disregard; ignore:Just pass over the first part of his letter.
    2. to fail to take notice of or consider:He was passed over for the promotion.
  34. to refuse or neglect to take advantage of; reject: The opportunity may not come again, so don't pass it up.
  1. an act of passing.
  2. a narrow route across a relatively low notch or depression in a mountain barrier.
  3. a road, channel, or other way providing a means of passage, as through an obstructed region or other barrier.
  4. a navigable channel, as at the mouth or in the delta of a river.
  5. a permission or license to pass, go, come, or enter.
    1. a military document granting the right to cross lines or to enter or leave a military or naval base or building.
    2. written authority given a soldier to leave a station or duty for a specified period of time.
  6. a free ticket or permit: two passes to a concert; a railroad pass.
  7. See(def. 2).
  8. the act of passing a university or school examination or course without honors or distinction.
  9. the transfer of a ball or puck from one teammate to another.
  10. See
  11. a thrust or lunge.
  12. a single movement, effort, maneuver, etc.: He made a pass at the control tower of the enemy airfield.
    1. a gesture, action, or remark that is intended to be sexually inviting; amorous overture.
    2. a jab or poke with the arm, esp. one that misses its mark.
  13. the act or statement of not bidding or raising another bid: There have been two passes and now it's your bid.
  14. (in feats of magic)
    1. a passing of the hand over, along, or before anything.
    2. the transference or changing of objects by or as by sleight of hand; a manipulation, as of a juggler.
  15. a particular stage or state of affairs: The economic situation had come to a dreadful pass.
  16. a pase.
  17. one passage of a tool over work or one passage of work through a machine.
  18. a witty remark or thrust.
  19. an opening for delivering coal or ore to a lower level underground.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. passenger.
  2. passim.
  3. passive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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