pass away


passed away; passing away; passes away

intransitive verb

: to go out of existence

Examples of pass away in a Sentence

the old woman passed away quietly
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pass away was in the 13th century

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“Pass away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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