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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.Passages and entrance areas [C] a hollow part of the body through which something goes: the nasal passages the anal passageSubstances and structures in the body

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.Musical piecesPieces of writing

passage noun (TRAVEL)

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

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.Movement

passage noun (TIME)

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

passage noun (LAW)

[U] formal the official approval of something, especially a new law: He again urged passage of a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.Legislation and law-making
(Definition of passage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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