pass up


passed up; passing up; passes up

transitive verb

: to let go by without accepting or taking advantage of
pass up a chance for promotion
also : decline, reject

Examples of pass up in a Sentence

I must pass up the offer to be chairman of this event.
Recent Examples on the Web This Rottweiler pumpkin carving can't be passed up this Halloween. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Sep. 2023 Yet, in 2023 alone, Alabama passed up more than $2 billion in federal money for Medicaid. Hannah Denham |, al, 15 Sep. 2023 But her sister passed up the chance to join the Boston band whose galvanizing loud-quiet-loud sound went on to inspire Kurt Cobain and many others who would better monetize it. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 But the GOP actually passed up on a chance to discuss Hunter’s financial records. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2023 Then, early in the third quarter, McCarthy hit Roman Wilson on a deep crossing route from the UNLV 47-yard line, who turned the pass up the sideline for a touchdown. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2023 Hopkins looks forward to playing other teams that passed up on him, including the Lions, Giants and 49ers. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 The movie has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing movie in Warner Bros.’ history after passing up the final Harry Potter pic, not adjusted for inflation. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2023 Federica had planned to supervise the effort, but had had to cancel at the last minute when a friend offered her a singing gig that was too good to pass up. Lara Vapnyar, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pass up was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Pass up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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