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Meaning of “passage” in the English Dictionary

"passage" in British English

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passagenoun

uk   us   /ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/
  • passage noun (CONNECTING WAY)

B2 [C] (also passageway ) a usually ​long and ​narrowpart of a ​building with ​rooms on one or both ​sides, or a ​coveredpath that ​connectsplaces: A ​narrow passage ​leddirectly through the ​house into the ​garden. The bathroom's on the ​right at the end of the passage. [C] a ​hollowpart of the ​body through which something goes: the ​nasal passages the ​anal passage

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  • passage noun (PART)

B2 [C] a ​shortpiece of writing or ​music that is ​part of a ​largerpiece of ​work: Several passages from the ​book were ​printed in a ​nationalnewspaper before it was ​published.

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  • passage noun (TRAVEL)

[U] formal travel, ​especially as a way of ​escape: The ​gunmandemanded a ​plane and safe passage to an ​unspecifieddestination. [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 ​yourtripinstead of ​paying for a ​ticket
  • 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 ​officialapproval of something, ​especially a new ​law: He again ​urged passage of a ​constitutionalamendmentoutlawingabortion.
(Definition of passage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"passage" in American English

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passagenoun

 us   /ˈpæs·ɪdʒ/
  • passage noun (CONNECTING WAY)

[C] (also passageway,  /ˈpæs·ɪdʒˌweɪ/ ) a usually ​long and ​narrowpart of a ​building with ​rooms on one or both ​sides, or an ​enclosedpath that ​connectsplaces: A ​narrow passage ​led through the ​house to the ​yard. [C] (also passageway,  /ˈpæs·ɪdʒˌweɪ/ ) A passage is also an ​entrance or ​opening: the ​nasal passages
  • passage noun (PART)

[C] a ​shortpiece of writing or ​music that is ​part of a ​largerpiece: a ​short passage for a ​trumpetsolo
  • passage noun (TRAVEL)

[U] the ​right to ​travel or to ​leave a ​place: We ​booked passage on a ​cruiseship. He was ​guaranteedsafe passage to the ​border.
(Definition of passage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"passage" in Business English

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passagenoun

uk   us   /ˈpæsɪdʒ/
[C] (also passageway /ˈpæsɪdzweɪ/ ) a usually ​long and ​narrowpart of a ​building with ​rooms on one or both ​sides, or a ​covered path which ​connectsplaces: There's a passage on the ​side of the ​building – the ​maintenancedepartment is along there.
[C] a ​shortpiece of writing that is ​part of a larger ​piece of ​work: There's one passage in the ​report which seems incorrect.
[U] an ​act of ​moving through a ​place: Despite ​securitychecks, our passage through the ​airport was fairly quick.
[U or S] the way that ​timepasses: The ​directors are hopeful that, with the passage of ​time, ​tradingconditions will ​improve.
[ U] officialapproval of something, especially a new ​law: passage of sth Protesters are ​opposing passage of the new ​energybill through ​parliament.
(Definition of passage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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