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pass

verb  /pæs/ us  

pass verb (GO PAST)

[I/T] to go past or move beyond something or someone: [T] A car passed us doing 70 miles per hour. [I] I was just passing by and stopped to say hello.

pass verb (GO THROUGH)

[I/T] to cause something to go around, across, through, etc., something else, or to be positioned in such a way: [T] Pass the wire through the slot and pull it out from the other side. [I always + adv/prep] The causeway passes across the bay and takes you to the mainland.

pass verb (GIVE)

[I/T] to give something to someone: [T] Please pass the bread. [I/T] In team sports played with a ball, if you pass, you throw, kick, or hit the ball to someone on your team.

pass verb (DO WELL)

[I/T] to be successful in a test, exam, or course, or to judge someone as having been successful in it: [T] The professor said that if I passed the final exam, she’ll pass me.

pass verb (TIME)

[I/T] to go past or through a period of time: [I] The hours passed quickly.

pass verb (APPROVE)

[I/T] to approve or be approved by a group having authority, esp. by voting: [T] The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by the president. [I] The bill passed unanimously.

pass verb (NOT DO)

[I] to choose not to do, have, take part in, or take a turn at something: I think I’ll pass on going to the movies.

pass verb (BE ACCEPTED)

[I] to be accepted as being something that you are not, esp. something better or more attractive: Marion looks so young she could pass for 30. Do this jacket and skirt match well enough to pass as a suit?
passing
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈpæs·ɪŋ/ us  

pass

noun [C]  /pæs/ us  

pass noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

an official document or ticket showing that you have the right to go somewhere or do something: We bought three-day passes to the amusement park. The children get bus passes to travel to and from school.

pass noun [C] (DOING WELL)

a mark given to show that a student has successfully completed a course or an exam

pass noun [C] (GIVING)

the act of giving or sending the ball to another player on your own team: The receiver dropped the pass.
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