pass Definition

  • 1to move past something or someone in a particular direction
  • 2to go through a gate, door, or other entrance
  • 3to give someone permission to do something

Using pass: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pass" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The train passed quickly through the station.

  • Example

    He passed me on the street without saying hello.

  • Example

    Please pass the salt.

pass Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for pass

Idioms Using pass

  • to shift responsibility or blame to someone else


    The manager always passes the buck when there's a problem.

  • to succeed or excel at something with great distinction


    She passed her driving test with flying colors.

  • to happen or occur


    The prophecy has come to pass.

Phrases with pass

  • to die


    My grandfather passed away last year.

  • to faint or lose consciousness


    She passed out from the heat.

  • pass up

    to decline or reject an opportunity or offer


    I can't believe you passed up the chance to go to Paris!


Summary: pass in Brief

The verb 'pass' [pæs] means to move past something or someone, go through an entrance, or give permission. It is often used in phrases like 'pass away,' meaning to die, and 'pass out,' meaning to faint. Idioms include 'pass the buck,' meaning to shift responsibility, and 'pass with flying colors,' meaning to excel. Informal synonyms include 'let through' and 'give the green light.'

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