Meaning of “pass” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /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.

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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)