Meaning of PASSAGE in English

PASSAGE

/ ˈpæsɪdʒ; NAmE / noun

LONG NARROW WAY

1.

(also pas·sage·way / ˈpæsɪdʒweɪ; NAmE /) [ C ] a long narrow area with walls on either side that connects one room or place with another

SYN corridor :

a secret underground passage

A dark narrow passage led to the main hall.

IN THE BODY

2.

[ C ] a tube in the body through which air, liquid, etc. passes :

blocked nasal passages

—see also back passage

SECTION FROM BOOK

3.

[ C ] a short section from a book, piece of music, etc.

SYN excerpt , extract :

Read the following passage and answer the questions below.

OF TIME

4.

[ sing. ] the ~ of time ( literary ) the process of time passing :

Her confidence grew with the passage of time.

OF BILL IN PARLIAMENT

5.

[ sing. ] the process of discussing a bill in a parliament so that it can become law :

The bill is now guaranteed an easy passage through the House of Representatives.

JOURNEY BY SHIP

6.

[ sing. ] a journey from one place to another by ship :

Her grandfather had worked his passage (= worked on a ship to pay for the journey) to America.

GOING THROUGH

7.

[ sing. ] a ~ (through sth) a way through sth :

The officers forced a passage through the crowd.

8.

[ U ] ( formal ) the action of going across, through or past sth :

Large trees may obstruct the passage of light.

9.

[ U , C , usually sing. ] the permission to travel across a particular area of land :

We were promised (a) safe passage through the occupied territory.

—see also bird of passage , rite of passage

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French , based on Latin passus pace.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.