Definition of


  1. (noun, act) success in satisfying a test or requirement
    he got a pass in introductory chemistry
  2. (noun, act) (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
  3. (noun, act) (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
  4. (noun, act) a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
  5. (noun, act) (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  6. (noun, act) a usually brief attempt
    I gave it a whirl
  7. (noun, communication) a complimentary ticket
  8. (noun, communication) a permit to enter or leave a military installation
  9. (noun, communication) a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions
  10. (noun, communication) any authorization to pass or go somewhere
  11. (noun, communication) you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent
  12. (noun, event) one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)
  13. (noun, event) a difficult juncture
    matters came to a head yesterday
  14. (noun, object) the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
  15. (noun, state) a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
  16. (noun, time) (military) a written leave of absence
  17. (verb, body) eliminate from the body
  18. (verb, change) come to pass
    The meeting took place off without an incidence
    Nothing occurred that seemed important
  19. (verb, change) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    The children perished in the fire
    The patient went peacefully
    The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
  20. (verb, change) disappear gradually
  21. (verb, communication) transmit information
    pass along the good news
  22. (verb, communication) grant authorization or clearance for
    The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography
  23. (verb, contact) pass over, across, or through
    She ran her fingers along the carved figurine
    He drew her hair through his fingers
  24. (verb, motion) pass into a specified state or condition
  25. (verb, motion) travel past
  26. (verb, motion) go across or through
    A terrible thought went through his mind
  27. (verb, motion) move past
    He passed his professor in the hall
    One line of soldiers surpassed the other
  28. (verb, motion) cause to pass
  29. (verb, motion) pass by
  30. (verb, possession) transfer to another; of rights or property
  31. (verb, possession) be inherited by
    The land returned to the family
    The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead
  32. (verb, possession) place into the hands or custody of
    Turn the files over to me, please
    He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
  33. (verb, possession) throw (a ball) to another player
  34. (verb, social) allow to go without comment or censure
  35. (verb, social) make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
    We cannot legislate how people spend their free time
  36. (verb, social) go unchallenged; be approved
  37. (verb, social) accept or judge as acceptable
  38. (verb, social) go successfully through a test or a selection process
  39. (verb, stative) be superior or better than some standard
    She topped her performance of last year
  40. (verb, stative) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    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
  41. (verb, stative) pass time in a specific way
  42. (adj, all) of advancing the ball by throwing it
    a pass play

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Antonyms of Pass


Alternate forms of Pass

Derivations: pass, passage, passer, passing

Hyponyms: abort, ace, acknowledge, aerial, anticipate, approbate, approve, arise, asphyxiate, backfire, backlash, barf, be sick, bechance, befall, bespeak, betide, blunder, boarding card, boarding pass, break, break through, breeze through, buy it, ca-ca, call for, carry, cast, cat, centering, certificate, certify, chance, chuck, clear, coincide, col, come, come around, come off, come up, commission, commit, concur, confide, contemporise, contemporize, cover, crack, crap, crash, cross, cut, cut across, cut through, cycle, deal, declare, defecate, defile, deliver, desperate straits, develop, dire straits, disgorge, do, drown, empty, entrust, evacuate, exudate, exude, fall, famish, fell, fly, fly by, fork out, fork over, fork up, formalise, formalize, forward pass, free, fumble, gap, get across, get by, get over, get through, give, give up, go, go deep, go far, go off, go over, gorge, hall pass, hand over, happen, holiday, honk, implant, infiltrate, intervene, intrust, lateral, lateral pass, lead, leave, licence, license, light, lock, make, make water, materialise, materialize, message, micturate, move through, muscle, nail, negociate, negotiate, o.k., okay, ooze, ooze out, operate, overstep, overwinter, pass across, pass off, pass over, pass through, pass water, pass with flying colors, pee, pee-pee, perspire, piddle, pip out, piss, plant, predecease, proceed, puddle, puke, purge, put over, quest, radiate, ray, receipt, recoil, recrudesce, recur, regorge, regurgitate, relay, release, relieve oneself, relinquish, render, repeat, request, resign, result, retch, return, roll around, rub, run, run by, saddle, saddleback, safe-conduct, safeguard, sail through, sanction, send a message, serve, shine, shit, sick, skirt, slip, slum, snap, sneak, sojourn, soldier, spend a penny, spew, spot pass, spue, squeak by, squeak through, starve, stifle, stool, strike, succumb, sudate, suffocate, summer, supervene, sweat, sweep through, synchronise, synchronize, take a crap, take a leak, take a shit, thread, throw up, ticket-of-leave, top, track, transgress, transit, transpire, transude, traverse, trespass, trust, turn in, turn out, upchuck, urinate, vacation, validate, vanish, void, vomit, vomit up, wee, wee-wee, weekend, while away, whisk by, winter, work, yield, zip by

Hypernyms: accomplishment, achievement, advance, allow, attempt, be, bring home the bacon, change, change hands, change owners, change state, come through, communicate, conceding, concession, convey, countenance, cycle, deliver the goods, disappear, discharge, effort, eject, enact, endeavor, endeavour, evaluate, excel, exhaust, expel, flight, flying, football play, go, go away, go on, judge, juncture, leave, leave of absence, let, licence, license, location, locomote, march on, move, move on, occasion, ordain, oscillation, pass judgment, pass on, permission, permit, progress, release, situation, stand out, succeed, success, surpass, throw, ticket, transfer, transmit, travel, try, turn, vanish, win, yielding

Origin of the word Pass

  1. c.1275 (trans.) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from O.Fr. passer, from V.L. *passare "to step, walk, pass," from L. passus "step, pace" (see pace (1)). Intrans. sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Fig. sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded 1390. The meaning "… more
  2. "mountain defile," c.1300, from O.Fr. pas "step, track," from L. passus "step, pace" (see pace (1)). The meaning "written permission to pass into, or through, a place" is first recorded 1591, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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