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come to pass, pass away, pass on, pass out, pass up
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: passes, passing, passed
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.
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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.
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forget, ignore, overlook, slip, waive
definition 3: to go across or through (something).
The bus passed the checkpoint an hour ago.We'll be passing the Canadian border soon.
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definition 4: to cause to move.
She passed the thread through the eye of the needle.
move, put
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advance, convey, discharge, eject, emit, send, slip, transmit
definition 5: to hand or convey to someone else.
Please pass the salt.Could you pass me that envelope?[verb + object + object ] She passed the message to him under the table.
give, hand
similar words:
bequeath, carry, convey, deliver, grant, send, transfer, transmit
definition 6: 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.Come on! Pass me the ball![verb + object + object ]
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flip, hurl, lob, send, throw, toss
definition 7: to circulate.
A newspaper passes information.
circulate, distribute, spread
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advance, broadcast, disclose, disseminate, impart, relate, tell
definition 8: to complete (a test, course of study, or the like) successfully.
She passed the math exam.
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accomplish, achieve, complete, finesse, finish, fulfill, hack
definition 9: to give an acceptable grade to (a student) or recommend for advancement to the next level of education.
His exam was not of high quality, but the teacher passed him anyway.
definition 10: to sanction; approve.
The committee passed the motion.
approve, sanction
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accept, adopt, authorize, clear, enact, legitimize, OK, ratify, sign, validate
definition 11: to live through; spend.
She passed her vacation at the shore.
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live, occupy, while
definition 12: to express; pronounce.
He will pass judgment on the issue.The court passed its verdict on the case this afternoon.
express, pronounce
similar words:
announce, aver, declaim, declare, deliver, offer
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move along; proceed.
The circus used to pass through this town.The parade will pass by the city hall.
go, move, proceed
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advance, drift, progress, roll
definition 2: of time, to go along or go by; elapse.
The time passed slowly while we were waiting.An hour passed before we were able to see our son.
elapse, go
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advance, flow, move, proceed, progress, slip, waste
definition 3: to approach someone or something, then move beyond.
The car ahead of me started to speed up while I was trying to pass.
similar words:
bypass, move, overtake
definition 4: to cross or go through something.
The guard let the soldiers pass.You will have to pass through the mountains at some point.We looked up as the clouds passed over the moon.
definition 5: to move from one place to another; circulate.
The news passed quickly through the community.
circulate, move
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advance, carry, flow, go, proceed, progress, spread, sweep
definition 6: to be conveyed.
The antique table passed from generation to generation in the family.
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carry, circulate, descend, devolve, flow, move
definition 7: 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.
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definition 8: to be communicated.
No words passed between them.
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definition 9: to come to an end.
The crisis finally passed.
cease, disappear, end
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blow over, close, depart, dissipate, dissolve, evaporate, fade, go, leave, peter out, recede, stop, terminate, vanish
definition 10: to allow something to go unchallenged.
She let the insult pass without comment.
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be, go, lie, ride, sit
definition 11: to be approved or sanctioned.
The motion passed easily.
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definition 12: to successfully complete a test, course of study, or the like.
I know I didn't get an excellent score, but I'm sure I passed.
definition 13: to not accept something offered, or not take advantage of a chance or opportunity (usu. fol. by "on").
Thanks, but I think I'm going to pass on dessert tonight.He passed on the chance to study abroad because his family needed him.Poker tonight? No, sorry, I have to pass. I've got to get up early tomorrow.
definition 14: to cease to live; die.
He passed in his sleep during the night.
depart, die, pass away, pass on
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expire, go, perish, succumb
definition 15: to happen.
How did these events pass without our being aware of them?
befall, happen, occur, take place
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phrase: come to pass, pass away, pass on, pass out, pass up
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a means of passage, such as a road, channel, or gap, through which one can travel.
The storm made it impossible to get through the mountain pass.
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channel, corridor, course, defile, gap, passageway, path, road, route, way
definition 2: a ticket or permit allowing one to enter, come, or go freely.
The reporter showed the guard her pass and she was let through.You can't cross into the other zone without a pass.We bought a summer pass for the swimming pool.
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 and then went to bed.
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attempt, effort, try
definition 4: a romantic suggestion or overture.
He made a pass at her, but she wasn't interested.
advance, proposition
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come-on, move, overture
definition 5: state of affairs; predicament.
Well, we've come to a pretty difficult pass and I'm not sure what we can do now.
position, situation
similar words:
fix, impasse, juncture, pickle, predicament, stalemate, state, strait
definition 6: in some sports, an act of passing.
The quarterback threw a very 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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