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  • noun
    An act or instance of moving past or through something. (repeated passes with the swipe card)
    A success in an examination, test, or course. (an A-level pass in Music)
    A card, ticket, or permit giving authorization for the holder to enter or have access to a place, form of transport, or event. (a bus pass)
    (in soccer, rugby, and other games) an act of kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball to another player on the same side. (his cross-field pass to Giggs)
    An amorous or sexual advance made to someone. (she made a pass at Stephen)
    A state or situation of a specified, usually undesirable, nature. (if this was what was being taught these days in colleges things had come to a pretty pass)
    An act of refraining from bidding during the auction. (The bidding ends after two consecutive passes.)
    Move or cause to move in a specified direction. (he passed through towns and villages)
    Go past or across; leave behind or on one side in proceeding. (on the way to the station she passed a cinema)
    (of time) elapse; go by. (the day and night passed slowly)
    Transfer (something) to someone, especially by handing or bequeathing it to the next person in a series. (your letter has been passed to Mr Rich for action)
    (of a candidate) be successful in (an examination, test, or course) (she passed her driving test)
    (of a legislative or other official body) approve or put into effect (a proposal or law) by voting on it. (the bill was passed despite fierce opposition)
    Pronounce (a judgement or judicial sentence) (passing judgement on these crucial issues)
    Discharge (something, especially urine or faeces) from the body. (she may have difficulty in passing urine)
    Forgo one's turn in a game or an offered opportunity to do or have something. (we pass on pudding and have coffee)
  • noun
    A route over or through mountains. (the pass over the mountain was open again after the snows)


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