Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

French translation of “pass”

pass

verb /paːs/
to move towards and then beyond (something, by going past, through, by, over etc)
passer (devant), dépasser
I pass the shops on my way to work The procession passed along the corridor.
to move, give etc from one person, state etc to another
transmettre
They passed the photographs around The tradition is passed (on/down) from father to son.
to go or be beyond
dépasser
This passes my understanding.
(of vehicles etc on a road) to overtake
dépasser
The sports car passed me on a dangerous bend in the road.
to spend (time)
passer
They passed several weeks in the country.
(of an official group, government etc) to accept or approve The government has passed a resolution. to give or announce (a judgement or sentence)
rendre
The magistrate passed judgement on the prisoner.
to end or go away
passer
His sickness soon passed.
to (judge to) be successful in (an examination etc)
réussir un examen
I passed my driving test.
passable adjective fairly good
passable
a passable tennis player.
(of a river, road etc) able to be passed, travelled over etc
praticable
The mud has made the roads no longer passable.
passing adjective going past
qui passe
a passing car.
lasting only a short time
passager
a passing interest.
(of something said) casual and not made as part of a serious talk about the subject
en passant
a passing reference.
passer-by noun (plural passers-by) a person who is going past a place when something happens
passant/-ante
He asked the passers-by if they had seen the accident.
password noun a secret word by which those who know it can recognize each other and be allowed to go past, enter etc
mot de passe
He was not allowed into the army camp because he did not know the password.
in passing while doing or talking about something else; without explaining fully what one means
en passant
He told her the story, and said in passing that he did not completely believe it.
let (something) pass to ignore something rather than take the trouble to argue
ne pas relever
I’ll let that pass.
pass as/for to be mistaken for or accepted as
passer pour
Some man-made materials could pass as silk His nasty remarks pass for wit among his admirers.
pass away to die
mourir
Her grandmother passed away last night.
pass the buck to give the responsibility or blame for something to someone else
mettre sur le dos de qqn
She always passes the buck if she is asked to do anything.
pass by to go past (a particular place)
passer (à côté de)
I was passing by when the bride arrived at the church She passed by the hospital on the way to the library.
pass off (of sickness, an emotion etc) to go away
se passer
By the evening, his sickness had passed off and he felt better.
pass (something or someone) off as to pretend that (something or someone) is (something or someone else)
(se) faire passer pour
He passed himself off as a journalist.
pass on to give to someone else (usually something which one has been given by a third person)
faire passer
I passed on his message.
to die
mourir
His mother passed on yesterday.
pass out to faint
perdre connaissance
I feel as though I’m going to pass out.
to give to several different people
distribuer
The teacher passed out books to her class.
pass over to ignore or overlook
passer par-dessus le dos de qqn
They passed him over for promotion.
pass up not to accept (a chance, opportunity etc)
laisser passer
He passed up the offer of a good job.
passed is the past tense of to pass: He passed the scene of the accident. past means up to and beyond: She walked past the shops.
(Definition of pass from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pass” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More