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pass

verb

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to shift possession of (something) from one person to another
  • could you please pass me the phone?

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2 to come to an end
  • eventually, the storm passed

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3 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another
  • pass your forms to the department head once they're filled out

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4 to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action
  • Congress cannot pass any law restricting free speech

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5 to take place
  • and the destruction of the town came to pass, just as the seer had predicted

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6 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • a presidential candidate who doesn't yet know how it feels to pass the scrutiny of the national press

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7 to express (a thought or emotion) in words
  • he'll occasionally pass some insightful comment, but in general he doesn't have much to contribute

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9 to withstand scrutiny and gain acceptance or approval
  • the finished product isn't perfect, but it will pass

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pass

noun (1)

Synonyms of pass (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a narrow opening between hillsides or mountains that can be used for passage
  • a mountain pass that was impassable during the winter

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2 a passage cleared for public vehicular travel
  • take the second pass on the right

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pass

noun (2)

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1 a small sheet of plastic, paper, or paperboard showing that the bearer has a claim to something (as admittance)
  • a pass to leave the military base for the weekend

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2 an effort to do or accomplish something
  • a final pass at the assignment

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3 the state of being actual or complete
  • eventually, all their career goals came to pass

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

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“Pass.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pass. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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