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definition of the word pass

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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to pass

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to pass (third-person singular simple present passes, present participle passing, simple past and past participle passed)

  1. (intransitive) To move or be moved from one place to another.
  2. (intransitive) To change from one state to another.
  3. (intransitive) To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge.
    • Dryden,
      Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
  4. (intransitive) (with "on" or "away"): To die.
  5. (intransitive) To come and go in consciousness.
  6. (intransitive) To happen.
  7. (intransitive) Of time, to elapse, to be spent.
    Their vacation passed pleasantly.
  8. (intransitive) To go from one person to another.
  9. (intransitive) To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness.
    The bill passed both houses of Congress.
  10. (intransitive) To go through any inspection or test successfully.
    He attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.
  11. (intransitive) To be tolerated.
  12. (intransitive) To continue.
  13. (intransitive) To proceed without hindrance or opposition.
  14. (intransitive, obsolete): To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
    • Shakespeare,
      This passes, Master Ford.
  15. (intransitive, obsolete): To take heed.
    • Shakespeare,
      As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
  16. (intransitive) To go through the intestines. (Arbuthnot)
  17. (intransitive, law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance.
    An estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
  18. (intransitive, fencing) To make a lunge or swipe.
  19. (intransitive) In any game, to decline to play in one's turn.
  20. (intransitive) In euchre, to decline to make the trump.
  21. (transitive) To go by, over, through, or the like; to proceed from one side to the other of.
    pass a house
  22. (transitive) To go from one limit to the other of; to spend.
    • Milton,
      To pass commodiously this life.
  23. (transitive) To live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
    • Shakespeare,
      She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
  24. (transitive) To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
    • Shakespeare,
      Please you that I may pass This doing.
    • Dryden,
      I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
  25. (transitive) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
    • Spenser,
      And strive to pass . . . Their native music by her skillful art.
    • Byron
      Whose tender power Passes the strength of storms in their most desolate hour.
  26. (transitive) To go successfully through, as an examination, trail, test, etc.
    He passed his examination.
  27. (transitive) To obtain the formal sanction of, as a legislative body.
    The bill passed the senate.
  28. (transitive) To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over.
    The waiter passed biscuit and cheese.
    The torch was passed from hand to hand.
    • Addison,
      I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
    • Clarendon,
      Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot by Newbridge.
  29. (transitive) To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce.
  30. (transitive) Hence, to promise; to pledge.
    • Shakespeare,
      to pass sentence
    • Milton,
      Father, thy word is passed.
  31. (transitive) To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just.
    He passed the bill through the committee.
    The senate passed the law.
  32. (transitive) To put in circulation; to give currency to.
    pass counterfeit money
    • Tennyson,
      Pass the happy news.
  33. (transitive) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance.
    pass a person into a theater or over a railroad
  34. (transitive, medicine) To emit from the bowels.
  35. (transitive, nautical) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
  36. (transitive, fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc.
  37. (transitive, sports) To move the ball or puck or a teammate.

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