(noun, adjective, verb)


1. of advancing the ball by throwing it

- a team with a good passing attack

- a pass play

Similar word(s): passing


1. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls

Similar word(s): walk

Definition categories: act, accomplishment, achievement

2. (military) a written leave of absence

- he had a pass for three days

Definition categories: time, leave

3. (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate

- the coach sent in a passing play on third and long

Similar word(s): passing

Definition categories: act

4. the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

- we got through the pass before it started to snow

Similar word(s): notch

Definition categories: object, location

5. any authorization to pass or go somewhere

- the pass to visit had a strict time limit

Similar word(s): passport

Definition categories: communication, permission

6. a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions

- the media representatives had special passes

Definition categories: communication, permission

7. a flight or run by an aircraft over a target

- the plane turned to make a second pass

Definition categories: act, flight, flying

8. a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

Similar word(s): strait, straits

Definition categories: state, situation

9. a difficult juncture

- a pretty pass

Similar word(s): head, straits

Definition categories: event, juncture, occasion

10. one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)

- it was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass

Definition categories: event, cycle, oscillation

11. an automatic advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

Similar word(s): bye

Definition categories: communication, conceding, concession, yielding

12. a permit to enter or leave a military installation

- he had to show his pass in order to get out

Definition categories: communication, licence, license, permit

13. a complimentary ticket

- the star got passes for his family

Definition categories: communication, ticket

14. a usually brief attempt

Similar word(s): crack, fling, go, offer, whirl

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

15. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

- the pass was fumbled

Similar word(s): flip, toss

Definition categories: act, throw

16. success in satisfying a test or requirement

- his future depended on his passing that test

- he got a pass in introductory chemistry

Similar word(s): passing, qualifying

Definition categories: act, success

Sentences with pass as a noun:

- a mountain pass

- the passes of the Mississippi

- My pass at a career of writing proved unsuccessful.

- The man kicked his friend out of the house after he made a pass at his wife.

- Smith was given a pass after Jones' double.

- Anyone want to trade passes?


1. go across or through

- We passed the point where the police car had parked

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. move past

- A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window

- He passed his professor in the hall

- One line of soldiers surpassed the other

Similar word(s): surpass

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

- They passed the amendment

Similar word(s): legislate

Definition categories: social, enact, ordain

4. pass by

Similar word(s): elapse, lapse

Definition categories: motion, advance, progress

5. place into the hands or custody of

Similar word(s): give, hand, reach

Definition categories: possession, transfer

6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

Similar word(s): extend, go, lead, run

Definition categories: stative, be

7. travel past

- The sports car passed all the trucks

Similar word(s): overhaul, overtake

Definition categories: motion, advance, progress

8. come to pass

Similar word(s): hap, happen, occur

Definition categories: change

9. go unchallenged; be approved

Similar word(s): clear

Definition categories: social, succeed, win

10. use up a period of time in a specific way

Similar word(s): spend

Definition categories: stative

11. pass over, across, or through

Similar word(s): draw, guide, run

Definition categories: contact

12. transmit information

- pass along the good news

Similar word(s): communicate

Definition categories: communication, communicate, convey, transmit

13. disappear gradually

- The pain eventually passed off

Similar word(s): evanesce, fade, fleet

Definition categories: change, disappear, vanish

14. go successfully through a test or a selection process

- She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now

Definition categories: social, succeed, win

15. be superior or better than some standard

Similar word(s): exceed, overstep, top, transcend

Definition categories: stative, excel, surpass

16. accept or judge as acceptable

- The teacher passed the student although he was weak

Definition categories: social, evaluate, judge

17. allow to go without comment or censure

- the insult passed as if unnoticed

Definition categories: social, allow, let, permit

18. transfer to another; of rights or property

- Our house passed under his official control

Definition categories: possession, change

19. pass into a specified state or condition

Similar word(s): lapse, sink

Definition categories: motion, move

20. throw (a ball) to another player

- Smith passed

Definition categories: possession, throw

21. be inherited by

Similar word(s): devolve, fall, return

Definition categories: possession

22. cause to pass

- She passed around the plates

Definition categories: motion

23. grant authorization or clearance for

Similar word(s): authorise, authorize, clear

Definition categories: communication, allow, countenance, let, permit

24. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

Similar word(s): choke, conk, croak, decease, die, exit, expire, go, perish

Definition categories: change, turn

25. eliminate from the body

- Pass a kidney stone

Similar word(s): egest, eliminate, excrete

Definition categories: body, discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release

Sentences with pass as a verb:

- They passed from room to room.

- You will pass a house on your right.

- The waiter passed biscuits and cheese.

- The torch was passed from hand to hand.

- He was passing blood in both his urine and his stool.

- The poison had been passed by the time of the autopsy.

- pass counterfeit money

- pass a person into a theater or over a railroad

- He passed from youth into old age.

- At first, she was worried, but that feeling soon passed.

- His grandmother passed yesterday.

- His grandmother passed away yesterday.

- His grandmother passed on yesterday.

- He passed his examination.

- He attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.

- Despite the efforts of the opposition, the bill passed.

- The bill passed both houses of Congress.

- The bill passed the Senate, but did not pass in the House.

- The estate passes by the third clause in Mr Smith's deed to his son.

- When the old king passed away with only a daughter as an heir, the throne passed to a woman for the first time in centuries.

- He passed the bill through the committee.

- Their vacation passed pleasantly.

- What will we do to pass the time?

- She loved me for the dangers I had passed.

- You're late, but I'll let it pass.

- It will soon come to pass.

- It isn't ideal, but it will pass.

- Some male-to-female transsexuals can pass as female.