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...
When someone or something passes in a particular direction, they move in that direction.
He passed through the doorway into Ward B...
He passed down the tunnel...
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.
If you pass something through, over, or round something else, you move or push it through, over, or round that thing.
She passed the needle through the rough cloth, back and forth...
'I don't understand,' the Inspector mumbled, passing a hand through his hair...
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.
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.
If you pass information to someone, you give it to them because it concerns them.
Officials failed to pass vital information to their superiors...
He passed the letters to the Department of Trade and Industry.
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.
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...
As the years passed he felt trapped by certain realities of marriage...
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.
If you pass through a stage of development or a period of time, you experience it.
The country was passing through a grave crisis...
'Have you ever been at all religious?' — 'No. I never passed through that phase.'
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.
If someone or something passes a test, they are considered to be of an acceptable standard.
Kevin has just passed his driving test...
...new drugs which have passed early tests to show that they are safe...
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...
Passes are graded from 'A' down to 'E'.
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.
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...
Race Relations Acts were passed in 1968 and 1976.
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...
Before sentence was passed, Mr Mills escaped from jail.
If you pass comment or pass a comment, you say something.
I don't really know so I could not pass comment on that...
We passed a few remarks about the weather.
If something passes without comment, or passes unnoticed, nobody comments on it, reacts to it, or notices it.
This practice embarrassed Luther, but he let it pass without comment...
The cocktails were so sweet that the strength of them might pass unnoticed until it was too late.
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...
It is doubtful whether Ted, even with his fluent French, passed for one of the locals.
If someone makes you an offer or asks you a question and you say that you will pass on it, you mean that you do not want to accept or answer it now.
I think I'll pass on the hiking next time...
'You can join us if you like.' Brad shook his head. 'I'll pass, thanks.'
If someone passes water or passes urine, they urinate.
A sensitive bladder can make you feel the need to pass water frequently.
A pass is a document that allows you to do something.
I got myself a pass into the barracks...
Malaysian Railways has a rail pass for foreign visitors: 10 days' unlimited travel costs around ￡53.
A pass is a narrow path or route between mountains.
The monastery is in a remote mountain pass.
If someone makes a pass at you, they try to begin a romantic or sexual relationship with you.
Nancy wasn't sure if Dirk was making a pass at her.
1. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls;"he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
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"
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"
5. any authorization to pass or go somewhere;"the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
6. a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions;"the media representatives had special passes"
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
9. a difficult juncture;"a pretty pass""matters came to a head yesterday"
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"
12. a permit to enter or leave a military installation;"he had to show his pass in order to get out"
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"
15. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team;"the pass was fumbled"
16. success in satisfying a test or requirement;"his future depended on his passing that test""he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
1. go across or through;"We passed the point where the police car had parked""A terrible thought went through his mind"
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"
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"
4. pass by;"three years elapsed"
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"
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"
7. travel past;"The sports car passed all the trucks"
8. come to pass;"What is happening?""The meeting took place off without an incidence""Nothing occurred that seemed important"
9. go unchallenged; be approved;"The bill cleared the House"
10. pass (time) in a specific way;"How are you spending your summer vacation?"
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"
12. transmit information ;"Please communicate this message to all employees"
13. disappear gradually;"The pain eventually passed off"
14. go successfully through a test or a selection process;"She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
15. go beyond;"She exceeded our expectations""She topped her performance of last year"
16. accept or judge as acceptable;"The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
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"
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"
23. cause to pass;"She passed around the plates"
24. grant authorization or clearance for;"Clear the manuscript for publication""The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
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"
26. eliminate from the body;"Pass a kidney stone"
1. of advancing the ball by throwing it;"a team with a good passing attack""a pass play"