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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.General words for movement [T] to go past a particular point in time: Don't buy goods that have passed their sell-by date.Spending time and time passing 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.Appearing and disappearing

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.Exams, tests and exercises

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.Giving, providing and supplying C2 [I or T] In sports, if you pass the ball, you kick, throw, or hit it to someone in your team.General terms used in ball sports [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.Trafficking and racketeering

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.Spending time and time passing 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.Spending time and time passing

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.Legislation and law-makingElections

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).Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions pass sentence to say officially, as a judge, what a criminal's official punishment will beCourt cases, orders and decisions

pass verb (EXCRETE)

[T] formal to remove waste from the body: to pass urineExcrement and its excretionUrine and urinatingBodily fluids and their production pass blood formal to have blood in your urine or faeces (= solid waste): If you pass blood, you should go and see your doctor.Urine and urinatingBodily fluids and their productionExcrement and its excretion

pass verb (NOT PLAY)

[I] to choose not to play in a part of a game or not to answer a question in a quizActions involved in playing cards

pass verb (CHANGE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to change from one state to another: Wax passes from solid to liquid when you heat it.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently

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.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures [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.Marks and results

pass noun (BALL)

C2 [C] a movement of the ball from one player to another member of the same team in a team sportGeneral terms used in ball sports

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.Tickets [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.Schools in general

pass noun (PATH)

[C] a path or road between or over mountains: a mountain passRoutes and roads in generalHills and mountains

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.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters

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 themSexual attractionAttractive
(Definition of pass from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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