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Dictionary Definition

pass adj : of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play" [syn: passing(a), pass(a)] [ant: running(a)]


1 (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls" [syn: base on balls, walk]
2 (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for three days"
3 (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long" [syn: passing play, passing game, passing]
4 the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow" [syn: mountain pass, notch]
5 any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit" [syn: passport]
6 a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes" [syn: laissez passer]
7 a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; "the plane turned to make a second pass"
8 a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs [syn: strait, straits]
9 a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday" [syn: head, straits]
10 one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
11 you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round" [syn: bye]
12 a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had to show his pass in order to get out" [syn: liberty chit]
13 a complementary (free) ticket; "the start got passes for his family"
14 a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, whirl, offer]
15 (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled" [syn: toss, flip]
16 success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry" [syn: passing, qualifying] [ant: failing]


1 go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind" [syn: go through, go across]
2 pass by; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other" [syn: travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by]
3 make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people's spend their free time" [syn: legislate]
4 pass by; "three years elapsed" [syn: elapse, lapse, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along]
5 place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give]
6 stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets" [syn: run, go, lead, extend]
7 travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks" [syn: overtake, overhaul]
8 come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important" [syn: happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, fall out, come about, take place]
9 go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House" [syn: clear]
10 pass (time) in a specific way; "How are you spending your summer vacation?" [syn: spend]
11 guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers" [syn: guide, run, draw]
12 transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees" [syn: communicate, pass on, put across]
13 disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off" [syn: evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet]
14 go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now" [syn: make it] [ant: fail]
15 go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, go past, top]
16 accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak" [ant: fail]
17 allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
18 transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house passed under his official control"
19 pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana" [syn: sink, lapse]
20 be identified, regarded, accepted, or mistaken for someone or something else; as by denying one's own ancestry or background; "He could pass as his twin brother"; "She passed as a White woman even though her grandfather was Black"
21 throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed"
22 be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead" [syn: fall, return, devolve]
23 cause to pass; "She passed around the plates" [syn: make pass]
24 grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography" [syn: authorize, authorise, clear]
25 pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire] [ant: be born]
26 eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone" [syn: excrete, egest, eliminate]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Pass




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


  1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford.
    a mountain pass
    "Try not the pass!" the old man said. — Longfellow
  2. A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary. (Shakespeare)
  3. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
  4. (rolling metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
  5. The state of things; condition; predicament.
    Have his daughters brought him to this pass. — Shakespeare
    Matters have been brought to this pass. — South.
  6. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come.
    A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy. — Kent
  7. An intentional walk
    Smith was given a pass after Jones' double.
  8. A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
  9. A thrust; a sally of wit. (Shakespeare)
  10. A sexual advance.
    The man kicked his friend out of the house after he made a pass at his wife.
  11. Estimation; character.
    Common speech gives him a worthy pass. — Shakespeare
  12. (obsolete; Chaucer; compare passus) A part, a division.
  13. A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake. (Antonym: a meet.)
  14. The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another.


opening, road, or track, available for passing
fencing: thrust or push
movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist
rolling metals: a single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls
the state of things
permission or license to pass, or to go and come
document granting permission to pass or to go and come
figurative: a thrust; a sally of wit
obsolete: estimation; character
obsolete: a part, a division



  • [pasː]


  1. passport




Etymology 1

From , originally from passo.


  1. pass
  2. place which you (must) pass or is passing; pass i between mountains
  3. a way of walking
  4. place where a hunter hunts; place where a policeman patrols
  5. spell (of work)
  6. leave notice (from prison)

Etymology 2


  1. In the context of "ball sports|lang=sv": pass; a transfer of the ball from one player to another in the same team
Derived terms

Etymology 3

Extensive Definition

Pass(ing) may refer to:

Movement or route past an object

  • Half-pass, a movement in dressage, in which the horse moves forward and sideways at the same time
  • Mountain pass, a lower place in a mountain range allowing easier passage
  • Pass, of a compiler, is a run of a code processor in a computer programming language compiler
  • Pass (sleight of hand), a sleight of hand move
  • The Pass, a sleight of hand move
  • Making a pass, an attempt at romantic seduction
  • First pass effect, a phenomenon of drug metabolism whereby the concentration of a drug is greatly reduced before it reaches the systemic circulation
  • Passing or overtaking, when a faster vehicle moves in front of a slower one on a road
    • Passing lane, a lane on a road for use while overtaking
    • Passing loop, a section of double track on a single-line railway where trains can pass each other
  • Passing feces, defecation
  • Passing water, urination
  • Passing, approval of a proposed law by a legislative body
  • Passing away, a euphemism for dying
  • Passing out, losing consciousness
  • Passing out, graduation from a military academy
  • Two pass verification or double data entry, a data entry quality control method


  • Pass, a ticket for unlimited admission, discounts, etc
  • Backstage pass, an employee pass for backstage areas of a performance venue
  • Press pass or press card, a document granting special privilege or access to journalists
  • Transit pass or bus pass, a ticket for unlimited travel on buses, trains etc
    • Eurail pass, a pass issued by Eurail Group for trains and buses in Europe
    • E-ZPass, an electronic toll collection system used on most tolled roads, bridges, and tunnels in the northeastern United States
    • Indrail Pass, a railway pass for Indian railways available to foreign nationals
    • I-PASS, an electronic toll-collection system used by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
    • Railroad Pass, a ticket that can be used to travel on a railroad
    • Universal Transit Pass or U-Pass, unlimited access to local transit for students
  • Pass (United States military), permission for military personnel to be away from their unit for a short period in the U.S. military
  • Pass laws, laws in apartheid South Africa designed to segregate the population and limit the movements of the non-white populace
  • Hall pass, a token allowing a pupil to visit the restroom in school

Passing from one person or thing to another

Passing off or passing as

  • Passing off, in law, presenting one product as another
  • Passing (sociology), to present oneself off as a member of another sociological group, such as:
    • Passing (disability), a disabled person presenting themselves as not being disabled or as being less disabled than they really are
    • Passing (ethnic group), a member of one ethnic group presenting themselves as a member of another
    • Passing (gender), a person of one sex presenting themselves as a member of the opposite gender, or an intersexed person presenting themselves as a chosen gender
    • Passing (racial identity), a person of one race presenting themselves as a member of another
    • Passing (sexual orientation), a person of one sexual orientation presenting themselves as another
    • Passing (social class), a person of one social class presenting themselves as a member of another




Films and theatre




  • Joe Pass (Joseph Anthony Passalaqua, 1929–1994), jazz musician
pass in German: Passe
pass in French: Passe
pass in Japanese: パス
pass in Portuguese: Passe
pass in Swedish: Pass (olika betydelser)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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