What does pass mean?

Definitions for passpæs, pɑs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pass.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. base on balls, walk, pass(noun)

    (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls

    "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"

  2. pass(noun)

    (military) a written leave of absence

    "he had a pass for three days"

  3. pass, passing play, passing game, passing(noun)

    (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"

  4. pass, mountain pass, notch(noun)

    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"

  5. pass, passport(noun)

    any authorization to pass or go somewhere

    "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"

  6. pass, laissez passer(noun)

    a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions

    "the media representatives had special passes"

  7. pass(noun)

    a flight or run by an aircraft over a target

    "the plane turned to make a second pass"

  8. pass, strait, straits(noun)

    a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

  9. pass, head, straits(noun)

    a difficult juncture

    "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"

  10. pass(noun)

    one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)

    "it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass"

  11. bye, pass(noun)

    you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

    "he had a bye in the first round"

  12. pass, liberty chit(noun)

    a permit to enter or leave a military installation

    "he had to show his pass in order to get out"

  13. pass(noun)

    a complimentary ticket

    "the star got passes for his family"

  14. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offer(noun)

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  15. pass, toss, flip(noun)

    (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

    "the pass was fumbled"

  16. passing, pass, qualifying(adj)

    success in satisfying a test or requirement

    "his future depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in introductory chemistry"

  17. passing(a), pass(a)(verb)

    of advancing the ball by throwing it

    "a team with a good passing attack"; "a pass play"

  18. pass, go through, go across(verb)

    go across or through

    "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind"

  19. travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, pass(verb)

    move past

    "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"

  20. legislate, pass(verb)

    make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

    "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"

  21. elapse, lapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along(verb)

    pass by

    "three years elapsed"

  22. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give(verb)

    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"

  23. run, go, pass, lead, extend(verb)

    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"

  24. pass, overtake, overhaul(verb)

    travel past

    "The sports car passed all the trucks"

  25. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place(verb)

    come to pass

    "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

  26. pass, clear(verb)

    go unchallenged; be approved

    "The bill cleared the House"

  27. spend, pass(verb)

    pass time in a specific way

    "how are you spending your summer vacation?"

  28. guide, run, draw, pass(verb)

    pass over, across, or through

    "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"

  29. communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put across(verb)

    transmit information

    "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"

  30. evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet, pass(verb)

    disappear gradually

    "The pain eventually passed off"

  31. pass, make it(verb)

    go successfully through a test or a selection process

    "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"

  32. exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top(verb)

    be superior or better than some standard

    "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"

  33. pass(verb)

    accept or judge as acceptable

    "The teacher passed the student although he was weak"

  34. pass(verb)

    allow to go without comment or censure

    "the insult passed as if unnoticed"

  35. pass(verb)

    transfer to another; of rights or property

    "Our house passed under his official control"

  36. sink, pass, lapse(verb)

    pass into a specified state or condition

    "He sank into nirvana"

  37. pass(verb)

    throw (a ball) to another player

    "Smith passed"

  38. fall, return, pass, devolve(verb)

    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"

  39. pass, make pass(verb)

    cause to pass

    "She passed around the plates"

  40. authorize, authorise, pass, clear(verb)

    grant authorization or clearance for

    "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

  41. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it(verb)

    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    "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"

  42. excrete, egest, eliminate, pass(verb)

    eliminate from the body

    "Pass a kidney stone"


  1. Pass(n.)

    (Sports) In football, hockey, and other team sports, a transfer of the ball, puck, etc., to another player of one's own team, usually at some distance. In American football, the pass is through the air by an act of throwing the ball.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. pas (for sense 1), and passe, fr. passer to pass. See Pass, v. i.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pass(verb)

    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

  2. Pass(verb)

    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

  3. Pass(verb)

    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

  4. Pass(verb)

    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

  5. Pass(verb)

    to go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly

  6. Pass(verb)

    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

  7. Pass(verb)

    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

  8. Pass(verb)

    to go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass

  9. Pass(verb)

    to be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along

  10. Pass(verb)

    to go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass

  11. Pass(verb)

    to go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess

  12. Pass(verb)

    to take heed; to care

  13. Pass(verb)

    to go through the intestines

  14. Pass(verb)

    to be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed

  15. Pass(verb)

    to make a lunge or pass; to thrust

  16. Pass(verb)

    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

  17. Pass(verb)

    in football, hockey, etc., to make a pass; to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side

  18. Pass(verb)

    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

  19. Pass(verb)

    to go from one limit to the other of; to spend; to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer

  20. Pass(verb)

    to go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard

  21. Pass(verb)

    to transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed

  22. Pass(verb)

    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

  23. Pass(verb)

    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

  24. Pass(verb)

    to cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence

  25. Pass(verb)

    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

  26. Pass(verb)

    to put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to pass counterfeit money

  27. Pass(verb)

    to cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance; as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a railroad

  28. Pass(verb)

    to emit from the bowels; to evacuate

  29. Pass(verb)

    to take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure

  30. Pass(verb)

    to make, as a thrust, punto, etc

  31. Pass(verb)

    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

  32. Pass(verb)

    a thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary

  33. Pass(verb)

    a movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist

  34. Pass(verb)

    a single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls

  35. Pass(verb)

    state of things; condition; predicament

  36. Pass(verb)

    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

  37. Pass(verb)

    fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit

  38. Pass(verb)

    estimation; character

  39. Pass(verb)

    a part; a division

  40. Origin: [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L. passus step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay open. See Pace.]


  1. PASS

    PASS is a government-backed scheme in the UK that gives young people a valid and accepted form of proof of age identification. The scheme is supported by the Home Office, the Trading Standards Institute and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Set up in January 2003, it acts as an umbrella system: it does not itself issue identification cards, but various proof of age card schemes operate under the PASS umbrella, and issue cards bearing a PASS hologram. The main benefit for retailers is the fact they know that if a young person presents them with a card with a PASS hologram on it, they know it is a reliable and accurate proof of age. This is useful for those that sell products or services with an age restriction, such as cigarettes and alcohol. Many local councils offer proof of age cards with the PASS hologram to young people. There are also a few national schemes: as of 2010 they were ValidateUK, CitizenCard, and Young Scot. Discontinued schemes include the Portman Group's card, Connexions Card, UreLife, and ProofGB. It is the responsibility of sellers not to supply alcohol, tobacco, etc. to people below the legal age. Checking a proof of age card protects them against inadvertently selling to under-age people who look older. Some places requiring proof of age will not accept some of the cards available.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pass

    pas, v.i. to pace or walk onward: to move from one place or state to another: to travel: to change: to circulate: to be regarded: to go by: to go unheeded or neglected: to elapse, as time: to be finished: to move away: to disappear: (B.) to pass away: to go through an examination or an inspection: to be approved: to meet with acceptance: to happen: to fall, as by inheritance: to flow through: to thrust, as with a sword: to run, as a road.—v.t. to go by, over, beyond, through, &c.: to spend: to omit: to disregard: to surpass: to enact, or to be enacted by: to cause to move: to send: to transfer: to give forth: to cause to go from one person or state to another: to approve: to undergo successfully: to give circulation to: (fencing) to thrust:—pa.p. passed and past.—n. a way through which one passes: a narrow passage, esp. over or through a range of mountains: a narrow defile: a passport: state or condition: a written permission to go out or in anywhere: a ticket: (fencing) a thrust: success in any examination or other test, a certificate of having reached a certain standard—without honours.—adj. Pass′able, that may be passed, travelled over, or navigated: that may bear inspection: that may be accepted or allowed to pass: a little above the common: tolerable.—n. Pass′ableness.—adv. Pass′ably.—ns. Pass′book, a book that passes between a trader and his customer, in which credit purchases are entered: a bank-book; Pass′-check, a ticket of admission to a place, or of readmission when one goes out intending to return; Pass′er, one who passes; Pass′er-by, one who passes by or near; Pass′key, a key enabling one to enter a house: a key for opening several locks.—adj. Pass′less, having no pass: impassable.—ns. Pass′man, one who gains a degree or pass without honours at a university; Pass′port, a warrant of protection and permission to travel; Pass′word (mil.), a private word by which a friend is distinguishable from a stranger, enabling one to pass or enter a camp, &c.—Pass muster, to go through an inspection without fault being found; Pass off, to impose fraudulently, to palm off; Pass on, to go forward: to proceed; Pass on, or upon, to come upon, to happen to: to give judgment or sentence upon: to practise artfully, to impose upon, to palm off; Pass over, or by, to go to the other side of: to cross, to go past without visiting or halting: to overlook, to disregard; Pass the time of day, to exchange any ordinary greeting of civility; Pass through, to undergo, experience.—Bring to pass, to cause to happen; Come to pass, to happen. [O. Fr. passer—It. passarepassus, a step.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. pass

    1. A short tactical run or dive by an aircraft at a target. 2. A single sweep through or within firing range of an enemy air formation.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PASS

    A form of transportation issued free to those who are quite able to pay. PASSENGER One who does not travel on a pass. (Antonym for Deadhead). From Eng. _pass_, to go, and Grk. _endidomi_, to give up. One who has to give up to go.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pass' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1962

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pass' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1079

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pass' in Nouns Frequency: #1605

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pass' in Verbs Frequency: #110

Anagrams for pass »

  1. Asps

  2. Saps

  3. Spas


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pass in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter King:

    There's no doubt it will pass.

  2. Kat West:

    It is one thing to pass a law.

  3. Denis Coderre:

    It didn't pass the test at all.

  4. Leslie Miklosy:

    Moments are like gas, they pass.

  5. John Cornyn:

    If they pass it, we will pass it.

Images & Illustrations of pass

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Translations for pass

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • جَوَاز, اجتاز, مَرَّرَ, طَريق, تَغَاضَى, مر, انْقَضَى, تَجَاوَزَ, مَرَّ, اجتازَ, تَخَلَّى, أَهمَلَ, مررArabic
  • перадава́ць, перада́цьBelarusian
  • passar, aprovarCatalan, Valencian
  • jít kolem, podávat, minout, podat, složitCzech
  • passereDanish
  • vergehen, Pass, vorbeigehen, passieren, bestehenGerman
  • διάβαση, περνάω, αφήνω, άδεια, πάσο, στενό, πέρασμα, πασάρω, φεύγω, πάω πάσοGreek
  • fallecer, pasar, paso, pasaje, ocurrir, sucederSpanish
  • گذشتن, سپری شدن, درگذشتن, عبورPersian
  • kuolla, jatkua, kulkulupa, tila, sietää, mennä, muuttua, läpäistä, poistua, reitti, syöttää, pyyhkäisy, lippu, sola, passi, asiaintila, käydä, jättää väliin, kulua, kulkea, siirtyä, kadota, tapahtua, passata, vaihtua, ohittaaFinnish
  • laissez-passer, mourir, passe, passer, sauf-conduit, passage, réussirFrench
  • pas, pasaigScottish Gaelic
  • गुज़र करना, उत्तीर्ण करनाHindi
  • elmegy, átmegy, elhaladHungarian
  • lulusIndonesian
  • passare, passaggioItalian
  • לַעֲבוֹרHebrew
  • 過ぎる, 承認, 通る, 段階, 起こる, 譲渡, 突き, パス, 通過, 細道, 許可証, 山道, 小道, 通行証, 事態, 死亡, 批准, 経つ, 逝去, 合格, 突く, 死ぬ, 可決, 生じるJapanese
  • უღელტეხილიGeorgian
  • 지나가다, 패스Korean
  • عمری خوا, مردنKurdish
  • praetereo, paeterio, praeterire, factumLatin
  • slinktiLithuanian
  • voorbijgaan, doodgaan, passage, Slagen, doorgaan, overgaan, gebeuren, passerenDutch
  • passNorwegian
  • passarOccitan
  • podawać, przepustka, przebieg, umrzeć, podać, przechodzićPolish
  • falecer, passagem, passarPortuguese
  • passer, passarRomansh
  • treceRomanian
  • проходить, переходить, передать, пройти, истекать, миновать, истечь, минуть, перейти, скончаться, передаватьRussian
  • passare, passae, passaiSardinian
  • proći, prolaz, otićiSerbo-Croatian
  • umreti, prepustnica, miniti, prelaz, prehod, preminiti, preitiSlovene
  • gå, passa, pass, passage, förflytta, passeraSwedish
  • kupitaSwahili
  • கடந்துTamil
  • ผ่านไปThai
  • giriş-çıkış izni, vaziyet, dar yol, geçit, paso, pasaport, boğaz, giriş kartı, ruhsat, geçiş izni, durum, pasTurkish
  • проходитиUkrainian
  • منتقلUrdu
  • vượt quaVietnamese
  • פאָרןYiddish
  • 通过Chinese
  • isikhalaZulu

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