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passage

noun uk   /ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/ us  

passage noun (CONNECTING WAY)

B2 [C] ( also passageway ) a usually long and narrow part of a building with rooms on one or both sides, or a covered path that connects places: A narrow passage led directly through the house into the garden. The bathroom's on the right at the end of the passage. [C] a hollow part of the body through which something goes: the nasal passages the anal passage
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passage noun (PART)

B2 [C] a short piece of writing or music that is part of a larger piece of work: Several passages from the book were printed in a national newspaper before it was published.
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passage noun (TRAVEL)

[U] formal travel, especially as a way of escape: The gunman demanded a plane and safe passage to an unspecified destination. [S] old-fashioned a journey, especially over the sea: He had booked his passage to Rio de Janeiro.work your passage old-fashioned to do work on a ship during your journey instead of paying for a ticket

passage noun (MOVEMENT)

C2 [U] an act of moving through somewhere: Many meteors disintegrate during their passage through the atmosphere. The government prohibits the passage of foreign troops and planes across its territory.

passage noun (TIME)

the passage of time literary the process of time going past: Memories fade with the passage of time.

passage noun (LAW)

[U] formal the official approval of something, especially a new law: He again urged passage of a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.
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