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English definition of “pass”

pass

verb [T] (APPROVE)    /pɑːs/ US  /pæs/
B2 (of an official group of people) to give approval to something, especially by voting to make it law: The government passed a law to restrict the sale of guns.UK The restaurant was serving meat that had not been passed as fit for human consumption.Legislation and law-makingElections
(Definition of pass verb (APPROVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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