What is the meaning of pass?


  • Baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls. (
    • usage: "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
  • Military) a written leave of absence. (
    • usage: "he had a pass for three days"
  • American football. ( a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate)
    • usage: "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
  • The location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks.
    • usage: "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
  • Any authorization to pass or go somewhere.
    • usage: "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
  • A document indicating permission to do something without restrictions.
    • usage: "the media representatives had special passes"
  • A flight or run by an aircraft over a target.
    • usage: "the plane turned to make a second pass"
  • A bad or difficult situation or state of affairs.
  • A difficult juncture.
    • usage: "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
  • One complete cycle of operations (as by a computer. )
    • usage: "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"
  • You advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent.
    • usage: "he had a bye in the first round"
  • A permit to enter or leave a military installation.
    • usage: "he had to show his pass in order to get out"
  • A complimentary ticket.
    • usage: "the star got passes for his family"
  • A usually brief attempt.
    • usage: "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
  • Sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team. (
    • usage: "the pass was fumbled"
  • Success in satisfying a test or requirement.
    • usage: "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"


  • Go across or through.
    • usage: "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"
  • Move past.
    • usage: "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"
  • Make laws, bills, etc. Or bring into effect by legislation.
    • usage: "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"
  • Pass by.
    • usage: "three years elapsed"
  • Place into the hands or custody of.
    • usage: "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  • Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.
    • usage: "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"
  • Travel past.
    • usage: "The sports car passed all the trucks"
  • Come to pass.
    • usage: "What is happening"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
  • Go unchallenged; be approved.
    • usage: "The bill cleared the House"
  • Pass time in a specific way.
    • usage: "how are you spending your summer vacation"
  • Pass over, across, or through.
    • usage: "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
  • Transmit information .
    • usage: "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
  • Disappear gradually.
    • usage: "The pain eventually passed off"
  • Go successfully through a test or a selection process.
    • usage: "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
  • Be superior or better than some standard.
    • usage: "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
  • Accept or judge as acceptable.
    • usage: "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
  • Allow to go without comment or censure.
    • usage: "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
  • Transfer to another; of rights or property.
    • usage: "Our house passed under his official control"
  • Pass into a specified state or condition.
    • usage: "He sank into nirvana"
  • Throw (a ball) to another player.
    • usage: "Smith passed"
  • Be inherited by.
    • usage: "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"
  • Cause to pass.
    • usage: "She passed around the plates"
  • Grant authorization or clearance for.
    • usage: "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
  • Pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life.
    • usage: "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
  • Eliminate from the body.
    • usage: "Pass a kidney stone"


  • Of advancing the ball by throwing it.
    • usage: "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"
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APAWordNet. (2010). pass. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/pass/definitions/1180405
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "pass" http://smartdefine.org/pass/definitions/1180405 (accessed March 23, 2019).
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