The boat was too tall to pass beneath the bridge.
A flock of geese were passing overhead.
They pass the library every morning on their way to school.
The ships passed each other in the night.
We passed each other in the hallway without looking up.
She passed two other runners just before the finish line.
He passed the slower cars on the highway.
The drug passes quickly into the bloodstream.
In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth.
The airplane passed out of sight. See More
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On Saturday, 187 trucks with humanitarian aid including food, water and medical supplies passed through the Rafah crossing, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.—Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2023 But many states have passed their own versions, and Georgia’s, passed in 1981, is notably broader than the federal version.—Bill Donahue, Billboard, 25 Nov. 2023 Earlier this year, the state passed a first-in-the-nation program that requires companies doing certain types of animal research to pay into a fund that develops methods for future research to be conducted without animals.—Erin Cox, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Hurricane names—Katrina, Sandy, Ian, Maria—can resonate for years after the storm has passed.—Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Always before, our hunters have left quietly, in perfect chronology, as orderly as children filing out to playground recess, one at a time, each successive oldest passing through that door—as if leaving the camp house to go look around for something; one more hunt and then not coming back.—Rick Bass, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 Not just a fad The last point to make is that this trend toward trust is not a passing fad or another buzzword pushed out by marketers.—Byeamon Barrett, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 Sometimes, wealth managers will even work with multiple generations within the same family, even after the first-generation wealth creators have passed.—Todd Sixt, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Lawmakers in the lower house of Italy's parliament have passed a law that would ban live animals in circuses, but it has not yet been implemented.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023
Threw a fourth-down TD pass in the Open semis and finals.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 The tight end caught a four-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and ran the football into the end zone for six points, giving the Chiefs a lead over the Eagles during the second quarter.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 At Resorts World, the Boring Company is charging riders $5 for a day pass to use its Boring tunnels from Resorts World to the convention center (riders can pay using Dogecoin).—Byjessica Mathews, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 My accommodations at the Wynn included three days of Paddock Club passes—which came packed in a large box with two tiers of pull-out drawers, each of which contained various laminates, individually arrayed in presentation boxes, delivered to me by an attendant wearing white gloves.—Corey Seymour, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 Recognizing that, Goff shrewdly checked out of a pass and instead handed the ball to David Montgomery, who darted up the middle, juked to his left and glided down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown.—Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Majority To Skip Black Friday A recent YouGov survey found that 52% of U.S. consumers plan to skip Black Friday shopping altogether, including 24% who’ve shopped Black Friday before but will take a pass this year.—Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 As a weak cold front passes, northwesterly breezes may start gusting around 15 mph nearer dawn.—A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 More than that, the events leading up to the women’s deaths illustrate how police, prosecutors and judges here have regularly given pass after pass to people accused of domestic violence and strangulation.—Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, 11 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun (2)
Middle English, from Anglo-French passer, from Vulgar Latin *passare, from Latin passus step — more at pace
Middle English, from Anglo-French pas, from Latin passus