Meaning of PASS in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɑ:s, pæs ]

( passes, passing, passed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


To pass someone or something means to go past them without stopping.

As she passed the library door, the telephone began to ring...

Jane stood aside to let her pass...

I sat in the garden and watched the passing cars.

VERB : V n , V , V-ing


When someone or something passes in a particular direction, they move in that direction.

He passed through the doorway into Ward B...

The car passed over the body twice, once backward and then forward.

= go

VERB : V prep / adv , V prep / adv


If something such as a road or pipe passes along a particular route, it goes along that route.

After going over the Col de Vars, the route passes through St-Paul-sur-Ubaye...

The road passes a farmyard.

VERB : V prep / adv , V n


If you pass something through, over, or round something else, you move or push it through, over, or round that thing.

‘I don’t understand,’ the Inspector mumbled, passing a hand through his hair...

VERB : V n prep / adv


If you pass something to someone, you take it in your hand and give it to them.

Ken passed the books to Sergeant Parrott...

Pass me that bottle.

= hand

VERB : V n to n , V n n


If something passes or is passed from one person to another, the second person then has it instead of the first.

His mother’s small estate had passed to him after her death...

These powers were eventually passed to municipalities.

...a genetic trait, which can be passed from one generation to the next.

VERB : V to n , be V-ed to n , be V-ed from n to n


If you pass information to someone, you give it to them because it concerns them.

Officials failed to pass vital information to their superiors...

VERB : V n to n

Pass on means the same as pass .

I do not know what to do with the information if I cannot pass it on...

From time to time he passed on confidential information to him...

He has written a note asking me to pass on his thanks.

PHRASAL VERB : V n P , V P n (not pron) to n , V P n (not pron) , also V n P to n


If you pass the ball to someone in your team in a game such as football, basketball, hockey, or rugby, you kick, hit, or throw it to them.

Your partner should then pass the ball back to you...

Dodd passed back to Flowers.

VERB : V n adv / prep , V prep / adv

Pass is also a noun.

Hirst rolled a short pass to Merson.



When a period of time passes , it happens and finishes.

He couldn’t imagine why he had let so much time pass without contacting her...

Several minutes passed before the girls were noticed.

= go by

VERB : V , V


If you pass a period of time in a particular way, you spend it in that way.

The children passed the time playing in the streets...

To pass the time they sang songs and played cards.

VERB : V n -ing / adv , V n


If you pass through a stage of development or a period of time, you experience it.

The country was passing through a grave crisis...

= go

VERB : V through n


If an amount passes a particular total or level, it becomes greater than that total or level.

They became the first company in their field to pass the £2 billion turn-over mark.

= exceed

VERB : V n


If someone or something passes a test, they are considered to be of an acceptable standard.

Kevin has just passed his driving test...

I didn’t pass.

≠ fail

VERB : V n , V


A pass in an examination, test, or course is a successful result in it.

An A-level pass in Biology is preferred for all courses...

≠ fail



If someone in authority passes a person or thing, they declare that they are of an acceptable standard or have reached an acceptable standard.

Several popular beaches were found unfit for bathing although the government passed them last year...

The medical board would not pass him fit for General Service.

VERB : V n , V n adj


When people in authority pass a new law or a proposal, they formally agree to it or approve it.

The Estonian parliament has passed a resolution declaring the republic fully independent...

VERB : V n


When a judge passes sentence on someone, he or she says what their punishment will be.

Passing sentence, the judge said it all had the appearance of a con trick...

VERB : V n


If you pass comment or pass a comment, you say something.

I don’t really know so I could not pass comment on that...

VERB : V n


If someone or something passes for or passes as something that they are not, they are accepted as that thing or mistaken for that thing.

Children’s toy guns now look so realistic that they can often pass for the real thing...

...a woman passing as a man.

VERB : V for/as n , V for/as n


If someone passes water or passes urine, they urinate.

A sensitive bladder can make you feel the need to pass water frequently.

VERB : V n


A pass is a document that allows you to do something.

I got myself a pass into the barracks...



A pass is a narrow path or route between mountains.

The monastery is in a remote mountain pass.



see also passing


If someone makes a pass at you, they try to begin a romantic or sexual relationship with you. ( INFORMAL )

Nancy wasn’t sure if Dirk was making a pass at her.

PHRASE : V inflects , usu PHR at n


to pass the buck: see buck

to pass judgment: see judgment

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