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pass

verb
 
 
/pɑːs/
GO PAST [I, T] ( also pass by) B1 to go past something or someone: She passed me this morning in the corridor. I was just passing by so I thought I'd stop and say hello. Cars kept passing us on the motorway.General words for movement
pass (sth) over/through, etc B1 to go in a particular direction, or to cause something to go in a particular direction: Another plane passed over our heads. We pass through your village on the way home.General words for movement
GIVE [T] B1 to give something to someone: Could you pass the salt, please? He passed a note to her in the meeting.Giving, providing and supplying
TIME [I] B1 If a period of time passes, it happens: Four years have passed since that day.Spending time and time passing
pass (the) time B2 to spend time doing something: She was eating only to pass the time.Spending time and time passing
EXAM [I, T] A2 to succeed at a test or an exam, or to decide that someone has been successful: I passed my driving test the first time. The examiner passed her because her spoken English was so good.Exams, tests and exercises
BE MORE THAN [T] to be more than a particular level: Donations have passed the one million mark.Surpassing in quality or number
SPORTS [I, T] in sports, to throw or kick a ball to someone: Edwards passes to Brinkworth.General terms used in ball sports
pass a law/motion, etc B2 to officially approve of something and make it into a law or rule: They passed a law banning the sale of alcohol.Legislation and law-making
GO AWAY [I] If a feeling passes, it goes away: I know he's angry now but it'll pass.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strongComing to an endCausing something to end
pass judgment to judge someone's behaviourMorality and rules of behaviourDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
pass sentence If a judge passes sentence, they state what the criminal's punishment will be.Court cases, orders and decisionsPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
let sth pass to decide not to criticize someone when they say something unpleasant or they make a mistake →  See also pass the buck Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant
(Definition of pass verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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