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pass

verb uk   /pɑːs/ us    /pæs/

pass verb (GO PAST)

B1 [I or T] to go past something or someone or move in relation to it, him, or her: I passed him on the stairs this morning. You should only pass a slower vehicle if it is safe to do so. If you pass a supermarket, could you get me some milk? I was just passing by (= going past the place where you are), so I thought I'd drop in for a chat. A momentary look of anxiety passed across his face. A cloud passed over the sun. [T] to go past a particular point in time: Don't buy goods that have passed their sell-by date. C2 [T] to go past something by being greater in amount or degree: The company's turnover is expected to pass the $10 million mark by the end of this year. C2 [I] If you say a state or feeling will pass, you mean it will disappear: Don't worry, his depression is only temporary - it'll soon pass.

pass verb (SUCCEED)

A2 [I or T] to be successful in an exam, course, etc.: Guess what? I've passed my driving test! The exam is so hard that only five percent of all applicants pass.

pass verb (GIVE)

B1 [T] to give something to someone: Could you pass the salt please? I asked if I could see the letter, so she passed it to me reluctantly. [+ two objects] Gerald passed me the note./Gerald passed the note to me. Genes are the means by which parents' characteristics are passed on to their children. C2 [I or T] In sports, if you pass the ball, you kick, throw, or hit it to someone in your team. [T] If you pass money, you give someone false or stolen money without telling them: [+ two objects] I haven't trusted him since he passed me a forged £5 note. She was arrested for passing stolen cheques.

pass verb (TIME)

B1 [I] When time passes, it goes past: Time seems to pass (by) so slowly when you're bored. I was a little worried about the party, but the evening passed without any great disasters. B2 [T] If you pass a period of time, you do something to stop yourself being bored during that period: The visitors pass their days swimming, windsurfing, and playing volleyball.

pass verb (APPROVE)

B2 [T] (of an official group of people) to give approval to something, especially by voting to make it law: The government passed a law to restrict the sale of guns.UK The restaurant was serving meat that had not been passed as fit for human consumption.

pass verb (JUDGE)

pass judgment, comment, etc. to express a judgment or opinion about something, especially someone else's behaviour: As a convicted criminal, he's in no position to pass judgment (on the rest of us). pass sentence to say officially, as a judge, what a criminal's official punishment will be

pass verb (EXCRETE)

[T] formal to remove waste from the body: to pass urine pass blood formal to have blood in your urine or faeces (= solid waste): If you pass blood, you should go and see your doctor.

pass verb (NOT PLAY)

[I] to choose not to play in a part of a game or not to answer a question in a quiz

pass verb (CHANGE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to change from one state to another: Wax passes from solid to liquid when you heat it.

pass

noun uk   /pɑːs/ us    /pæs/

pass noun (EXAM RESULT)

B2 [C] UK a successful result in an exam: Jon Hill achieved two grade A passes at A-level. [C] US a successful result in a course or exam for which the student will not be given a mark: I got a pass in my Literature course.

pass noun (BALL)

C2 [C] a movement of the ball from one player to another member of the same team in a team sport

pass noun (DOCUMENT)

B1 [C] an official document or ticket showing that you have the right to go somewhere or use a particular form of transport: a bus pass a boarding pass My guest pass allows me to use the club's facilities free of charge. [C] mainly US a document that allows a student to leave a class for a particular reason: She had a pass to go to the library.

pass noun (PATH)

[C] a path or road between or over mountains: a mountain pass

pass noun (BAD SITUATION)

[S] a difficult or unpleasant condition: If I'd been aware things had reached such a pass, I'd have told the police.UK It's come to a pretty pass (= it's a bad situation) when you can't even have a few quiet drinks with some friends.

pass noun (SEXUAL ACTION)

make a pass at sb informal to speak to or touch someone in a way that shows you would like to start a sexual relationship with them
(Definition of pass from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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