pass (something) down

Definition of pass (something) down

:to give (something) to a younger person especially within the same family
  • She will pass her diamond ring down to her niece.
  • It's a family recipe passed down from my great-grandmother.

Word by Word Definitions

pass play
  1. : move, proceed, go

  2. : to go away : depart

  3. : die

  1. : a means (such as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained

  2. : a position to be held usually against odds

  1. : realization

  2. : the act or an instance of passing : passage

  3. : a usually distressing or bad state of affairs

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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