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Meaning of 'pass' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Pass [ v. i.]
- To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc.
- To move or be transferred from one state or condition to another; to change possession, condition, or circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has passed into other hands.
- To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart; specifically, to depart from life; to die.
- To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession; to be present transitorily.
- To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly.
- To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate; to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting value or estimation.
- To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body that has power to sanction or reject; to receive legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress.
- To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.
- To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along.
- To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
- To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
- To take heed; to care.
- To go through the intestines.
- To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
- To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
- To decline to take an optional action when it is one's turn, as to decline to bid, or to bet, or to play a card; in euchre, to decline to make the trump.
- In football, hockey, etc., to make a pass; to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.
- An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford; as, a mountain pass.
- A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
- A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
- A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
- State of things; condition; predicament.
- Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
- Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
- Estimation; character.
- A part; a division.
2 . Pass [ v. t.]
- To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a house, a stream, a boundary, etc.
- To go from one limit to the other of; to spend; to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
- To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
- To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
- To go successfully through, as an examination, trail, test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the bill passed the senate.
- To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from hand to hand.
- To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
- To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just; as, he passed the bill through the committee; the senate passed the law.
- To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to pass counterfeit money.
- To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance; as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a railroad.
- To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.
- To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
- To make, as a thrust, punto, etc.

Meaning of 'pass' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . pass [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a difficult juncture
Example in sentence:
  • a pretty pass;
  • matters came to a head yesterday
Meaning (2):
- success in satisfying a test or requirement
Example in sentence:
  • he got a pass in introductory chemistry;
  • his future depended on his passing that test
Meaning (3):
- an automatic advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent
Example in sentence:
  • he had a bye in the first round
Meaning (4):
- (military) a written leave of absence
Example in sentence:
  • he had a pass for three days
Meaning (5):
- a permit to enter or leave a military installation
Example in sentence:
  • he had to show his pass in order to get out
Meaning (6):
- a usually brief attempt
Example in sentence:
  • he took a crack at it;
  • I gave it a whirl
Meaning (7):
- (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
Example in sentence:
  • he worked the pitcher for a base on balls
Meaning (8):
- one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)
Example in sentence:
  • it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass
Meaning (9):
- (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
Example in sentence:
  • the coach sent in a passing play on third and long
Meaning (10):
- a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions
Example in sentence:
  • the media representatives had special passes
Meaning (11):
- any authorization to pass or go somewhere
Example in sentence:
  • the pass to visit had a strict time limit
Meaning (12):
- (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
Example in sentence:
  • the pass was fumbled
Meaning (13):
- a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
Example in sentence:
  • the plane turned to make a second pass
Meaning (14):
- a complimentary ticket
Example in sentence:
  • the star got passes for his family
Meaning (15):
- the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
Example in sentence:
  • we got through the pass before it started to snow
16 . pass [ v]
Meaning (16):
- move past
Example in sentence:
  • 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
Meaning (17):
- go across or through
Example in sentence:
  • A terrible thought went through his mind;
  • We passed the point where the police car had parked
Meaning (18):
- grant authorization or clearance for
Example in sentence:
  • Clear the manuscript for publication;
  • The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography
Meaning (19):
- place into the hands or custody of
Example in sentence:
  • hand me the spoon, please;
  • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers;
  • Turn the files over to me, please
Meaning (20):
- pass over, across, or through
Example in sentence:
  • He drew her hair through his fingers;
  • He ran his eyes over her body;
  • She ran her fingers along the carved figurine
Meaning (21):
- pass into a specified state or condition
Example in sentence:
  • He sank into nirvana
Meaning (22):
- stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
Example in sentence:
  • His knowledge doesn't go very far;
  • My memory extends back to my fourth year of life;
  • Service runs all the way to Cranbury;
  • The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets
Meaning (23):
- use up a period of time in a specific way
Example in sentence:
  • how are you spending your summer vacation?
Meaning (24):
- come to pass
Example in sentence:
  • Nothing occurred that seemed important;
  • The meeting took place off without an incidence;
  • What is happening?
Meaning (25):
- transfer to another; of rights or property
Example in sentence:
  • Our house passed under his official control
Meaning (26):
- eliminate from the body
Example in sentence:
  • Pass a kidney stone
Meaning (27):
- transmit information
Example in sentence:
  • pass along the good news;
  • Please communicate this message to all employees
Meaning (28):
- pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
Example in sentence:
  • She died from cancer;
  • The children perished in the fire;
  • The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102;
  • The patient went peacefully
Meaning (29):
- be superior or better than some standard
Example in sentence:
  • She exceeded our expectations;
  • She topped her performance of last year
Meaning (30):
- cause to pass
Example in sentence:
  • She passed around the plates
Meaning (31):
- go successfully through a test or a selection process
Example in sentence:
  • She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now
Meaning (32):
- throw (a ball) to another player
Example in sentence:
  • Smith passed
Meaning (33):
- go unchallenged; be approved
Example in sentence:
  • The bill cleared the House
Meaning (34):
- be inherited by
Example in sentence:
  • The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead;
  • The estate fell to my sister;
  • The land returned to the family
Meaning (35):
- allow to go without comment or censure
Example in sentence:
  • the insult passed as if unnoticed
Meaning (36):
- disappear gradually
Example in sentence:
  • The pain eventually passed off
Meaning (37):
- travel past
Example in sentence:
  • The sports car passed all the trucks
Meaning (38):
- accept or judge as acceptable
Example in sentence:
  • The teacher passed the student although he was weak
Meaning (39):
- make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
Example in sentence:
  • They passed the amendment;
  • We cannot legislate how people spend their free time
Meaning (40):
- pass by
Example in sentence:
  • three years elapsed
41 . pass [ a]
Meaning (41):
- of advancing the ball by throwing it
Example in sentence:
  • a pass play;
  • a team with a good passing attack