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pass

pass

 
 
pronunciation:
paes
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
come to pass, pass out, pass up
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: passed, passes, passing
definition 1: to go past; move beyond.
I pass her house every day on the way to work.We passed a gas station a few miles back.The truck was going slowly, and all the cars were trying to pass it.
similar words:
bypass, eclipse, exceed, excel, leave, outdo, outstrip, overtake, surpass
definition 2: to skip or disregard.
Let's pass this for now, and go on to the next one.
synonyms:
disregard
similar words:
forget, ignore, overlook, slip, waive
definition 3: to go or allow to go over, through, or across.
The sentry passed the soldiers.
synonyms:
traverse
similar words:
cross
definition 4: to complete successfully.
She passed the math exam.
synonyms:
satisfy
antonyms:
fail
similar words:
accomplish, achieve, complete, finesse, finish, fulfill, hack
definition 5: to hand or convey to someone else.
Please pass the salt.
synonyms:
give, hand
similar words:
bequeath, carry, convey, deliver, grant, send, transfer, transmit
definition 6: to cause to move.
She passed the thread through the eye of the needle.
synonyms:
move, put
similar words:
advance, convey, discharge, eject, emit, send, slip, transmit
definition 7: to live through; spend.
She passed her vacation at the shore.
synonyms:
spend
similar words:
live, occupy, while
definition 8: to circulate.
A newspaper passes information.
synonyms:
circulate, distribute, spread
similar words:
advance, broadcast, disclose, disseminate, impart, relate, tell
definition 9: to sanction; approve.
The committee passed the motion.
synonyms:
approve, sanction
antonyms:
reject
similar words:
accept, adopt, authorize, clear, enact, legitimize, OK, ratify, sign, validate
definition 10: to express; pronounce.
He will pass judgment on the issue.
synonyms:
express, pronounce
similar words:
announce, aver, declaim, declare, deliver, offer
definition 11: in some sports, to throw, hit, or otherwise transfer a ball, puck, or the like to (another player).
The soccer coach reminded the players to pass the ball to each other.
similar words:
flip, hurl, lob, send, throw, toss
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move along; proceed.
The circus used to pass through this town.
synonyms:
go, move, proceed
antonyms:
stop
similar words:
advance, drift, progress, roll
definition 2: to reach or come near, then move beyond.
The parade will pass by the onlookers.
similar words:
bypass, move, overtake
definition 3: to elapse.
The time passed slowly.
synonyms:
elapse, go
similar words:
advance, flow, move, proceed, progress, slip, waste
definition 4: to move from one place to another; circulate.
The news passed quickly through the community.
synonyms:
circulate, move
similar words:
advance, carry, flow, go, proceed, progress, spread, sweep
definition 5: to cease to live; die.
He passed on during the night.
synonyms:
depart, die
similar words:
expire, go, perish, succumb
definition 6: to end.
The crisis finally passed.
synonyms:
cease, disappear, end
antonyms:
abide
similar words:
blow over, close, depart, dissipate, dissolve, evaporate, fade, go, leave, peter out, recede, stop, terminate, vanish
definition 7: to happen.
So many things have passed since he went away.
synonyms:
befall, happen, occur, take place
similar words:
give, transpire
definition 8: to allow something to go unchallenged.
She let the sarcasm pass without comment.
similar words:
be, go, lie, ride, sit
definition 9: to be communicated.
No words passed between them.
synonyms:
cross
similar words:
exchange
definition 10: to be approved or sanctioned.
The motion passed easily.
synonyms:
clear
similar words:
succeed
definition 11: to express or pronounce an opinion, judgment, or the like (usu. fol. by on).
Will you pass on the color of this dress?
synonyms:
declare, pronounce
similar words:
declaim, judge, opine
definition 12: to be conveyed.
The antique table passed from generation to generation in the family.
similar words:
carry, circulate, descend, devolve, flow, move
definition 13: in some sports, to throw, hit, or otherwise transfer a ball, puck, or the like to another player.
The quarterback should have passed instead of trying to run.
similar words:
throw
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phrase: come to pass
phrase: pass out
phrase: pass up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a means of passage, such as a road, channel, or gap, through which one can travel.
a mountain pass
synonyms:
passage
similar words:
channel, corridor, course, defile, gap, passageway, path, road, route, way
definition 2: a ticket or permit allowing one to enter, come, or go freely, esp. one issued at no cost.
similar words:
authorization, license, permission, permit, ticket, visa
definition 3: a limited, often half-hearted, effort or attempt.
He made a pass at cleaning up the mess.
similar words:
attempt, effort, try
definition 4: a sexual suggestion or overture.
He made a pass at her.
synonyms:
advance, proposition
similar words:
come-on, move, overture
definition 5: state of affairs; predicament.
synonyms:
position, situation
similar words:
fix, impasse, juncture, pickle, predicament, stalemate, state, strait
definition 6: in some sports, an act of passing.
The quarterback threw an accurate pass.
similar words:
flip, hurl, lob, throw, toss
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derivation: passing (adj.)
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  • passing1:
    of a grade, good enough to pass
  • passing2:
    of the lane of a highway, giving space in which to pass another car.
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