Thesaurus

Synonyms of pass

(Entry 1 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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Synonyms & Antonyms of pass (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Near Antonyms for pass

Antonyms for pass

pass

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of pass (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Phrases Synonymous with pass

Near Antonyms for pass

Antonyms for pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Near Antonyms for pass

Antonyms for pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Near Antonyms for pass

Antonyms for pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Phrases Synonymous with pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Phrases Synonymous with pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Phrases Synonymous with pass

Near Antonyms for pass

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

Synonyms for pass

Words Related to pass

Phrases Synonymous with pass

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pass

Time Traveler for pass

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Pass.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pass. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pass

Dictionary: Definition of pass

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pass

Medical Dictionary: Definition of pass

Spanish Central: Translation of pass

Nglish: Translation of pass for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of pass for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pass

Comments on pass

What made you want to look up pass? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!