Meaning of “pass” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /pɑːs/
Extra Examples
We passed a group of soldiers on patrol.Something caught her eye as she passed by the window.Would you post this letter if you pass the post office?He was the last runner to pass the finish line.He tried to attract the attention of people passing by.
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.
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.
GIVE [ T ]

B1 to give something to someone:

Could you pass the salt, please?
He passed a note to her in the meeting.
TIME [ I ]

B1 If a period of time passes, it happens:

Four years have passed since that day.
pass (the) time

B2 to spend time doing something:

She was eating only to pass the time.
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.

to be more than a particular level:

Donations have passed the one million mark.

in sports, to throw or kick a ball to someone:

Edwards passes to Brinkworth.
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.

If a feeling passes, it goes away:

I know he's angry now but it'll pass.
pass judgment

to judge someone's behaviour

pass sentence

If a judge passes sentence, they state what the criminal's punishment will be.

let sth pass

to decide not to criticize someone when they say something unpleasant or they make a mistake

→ See also pass the buck

(Definition of “pass verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)