Pass - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pæs|  American pronunciation of the word pass
Brit.  |pɑːs|  British pronunciation of the word pass
- (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls (syn: walk)
- (military) a written leave of absence
- (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate (syn: passing)
- the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks (syn: notch)
- any authorization to pass or go somewhere (syn: passport)
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- go across or through
- move past (syn: go by, pass by, surpass)
- make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation (syn: legislate)
- pass by (syn: elapse, go along, go by, lapse, slip away, slip by)
- place into the hands or custody of (syn: give, hand, pass on, reach, turn over)
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- of advancing the ball by throwing it (syn: passing)


The boat was too tall to pass beneath the bridge.

A flock of geese were passing overhead.

They pass the library every morning on their way to school.

The ships passed each other in the night.

We passed each other in the hallway without looking up.

She passed two other runners just before the finish line.

He passed the slower cars on the highway.

The drug passes quickly into the bloodstream.

In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth.

The airplane passed out of sight.

Things have come to a pretty pass.

The soldier had a weekend pass.

The guard allowed the visitor to pass.

She passed close by me without a sign of recognition.

I've never passed the spot without thinking of her.

Phrasal verbs

pass away  — pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
pass by  — move past
pass off  — be accepted as something or somebody in a false character or identity
pass on  — place into the hands or custody of
pass out  — pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: pass
he/she/it: passes
present participle: passing
past tense: passed
past participle: passed
singular: pass
plural: passes
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