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Definition of 'pass'

See also: pas 


  1. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
       Synonyms: base on balls walk
  2. (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for three days"
  3. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
       Synonyms: passing play passing game passing
  4. the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
       Synonyms: mountain pass notch
  5. any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
       Synonyms: passport
  6. a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions; "the media representatives had special passes"
       Synonyms: laissez passer
  7. a flight or run by an aircraft over a target; "the plane turned to make a second pass"
  8. a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
       Synonyms: strait straits
  9. a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
       Synonyms: head straits
  10. one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer); "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
  11. you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round"
       Synonyms: bye
  12. a permit to enter or leave a military installation; "he had to show his pass in order to get out"
       Synonyms: liberty chit
  13. a complementary (free) ticket; "the star got passes for his family"
  14. a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
       Synonyms: crack fling go whirl offer
  15. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled"
       Synonyms: toss flip
  16. success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
       Synonyms: passing qualifying
       Antonyms: failing flunk


  1. go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
       Synonyms: go through go across
  2. pass by; "A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"; "He passed his professor in the hall"; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
       Synonyms: travel by pass by surpass go past go by
  3. make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people's spend their free time"
       Synonyms: legislate
  4. pass by; "three years elapsed"
       Synonyms: elapse lapse slip by glide by slip away go by slide by go along
  5. place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
       Synonyms: hand reach pass on turn over give
  6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
       Synonyms: run go lead extend
  7. travel past; "The sports car passed all the trucks"
       Synonyms: overtake overhaul
  8. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
       Synonyms: happen hap go on pass off occur fall out come about take place
  9. go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House"
       Synonyms: clear
  10. pass (time) in a specific way; "How are you spending your summer vacation?"
       Synonyms: spend
  11. guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
       Synonyms: guide run draw
  12. transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
       Synonyms: communicate pass on pass along put across
  13. disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off"
       Synonyms: evanesce fade blow over pass off fleet
  14. go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
       Synonyms: make it
       Antonyms: fail flunk bomb flush it
  15. go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
       Synonyms: exceed transcend overstep go past top
  16. accept or judge as acceptable; "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
       Antonyms: fail
  17. allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
  18. transfer to another; of rights or property; "Our house passed under his official control"
  19. pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana"
       Synonyms: sink lapse
  20. be identified, regarded, accepted, or mistaken for someone or something else; as by denying one's own ancestry or background; "He could pass as his twin brother"; "She passed as a White woman even though her grandfather was Black"
  21. throw (a ball) to another player; "Smith passed"
  22. be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
       Synonyms: fall return devolve
  23. cause to pass; "She passed around the plates"
       Synonyms: make pass
  24. grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
       Synonyms: authorize authorise clear
  25. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
       Synonyms: die decease perish go exit pass away expire kick the bucket cash in one's chips buy the farm conk give-up the ghost drop dead pop off choke croak snuff it
       Antonyms: be born
  26. eliminate from the body; "Pass a kidney stone"
       Synonyms: excrete egest eliminate


  1. of advancing the ball by throwing it; "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"
       Synonyms: passing
       Antonyms: running

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