passage Definition

  • 1the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another
  • 2a long narrow space that connects one place to another
  • 3a section of a written work or speech dealing with a particular point or idea

Using passage: Examples

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

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    The passage of time is inevitable.

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    The passage between the two buildings was dark and narrow.

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    The passage in the book describes the character's childhood.

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    The passage of the bill was met with mixed reactions.

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    The passage of air through the lungs is necessary for breathing.

passage Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for passage

Idioms Using passage

  • to travel by boat or ship


    They made passage across the Atlantic in just under two weeks.

  • to pay for transportation, especially by boat or ship


    Many immigrants had to work for years to pay the passage to America.

  • to allow someone to pass through or enter a place


    The guard granted passage to the ambassador.

Phrases with passage

  • a ritual or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially adolescence


    Graduating from high school is a right of passage for many teenagers.

  • a medieval term for a formal combat with swords or lances


    The passage of arms was a popular form of entertainment in the Middle Ages.

  • passage of play

    a sequence of events in a game or sport


    The passage of play leading up to the goal was impressive.

Origins of passage

from Old French 'passage', from passer 'to pass'


Summary: passage in Brief

The term 'passage' [ˈpæsɪdʒ] refers to the act of moving through something, a narrow space connecting places, or a section of a written work or speech. It can describe the flow of time, air, or legislation, as well as physical movement. Phrases like 'right of passage' and 'passage of arms' denote significant events or rituals, while idioms like 'make passage' and 'pay the passage' describe modes of transportation.

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