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passed

[past, pahst] /pæst, pɑst/
adjective
1.
having completed the act of passing.
2.
having received a passing grade on an examination or test or successfully completed a school course, year, or program of study.
3.
Finance. noting a dividend not paid at the usual dividend date.
4.
U.S. Navy. having successfully completed an examination for promotion, and awaiting a vacancy in the next grade:
a passed chief engineer.
Origin of passed
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at pass, -ed2
Related forms
unpassed, adjective
Can be confused
passed, past, paste.
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