bring to pass, to cause to happen; bring about: His wife's death brought to pass a change in his attitude toward religion.
    come to pass, to occur; happen: Strange things came to pass.
    pass muster. muster(def 11).
    pass out, Informal.
    1. to lose consciousness; faint.
    2. to die; pass away.
    3. to distribute, especially individually by hand: to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
    4. to walk or march out or through; leave or exit by means of: The graduates will pass out the center aisle after receiving their diplomas. Pass out this door and turn left.
    5. to be exempted or promoted from: Jerry passed out of freshman composition on the basis of his entering essay.

Origin of pass

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English passen < Old French passer < Vulgar Latin *passāre, derivative of Latin passus step, pace1; (noun) Middle English; in part < Middle French passe (noun derivative of passer), in part noun derivative of passen
Related formspass·less, adjectiveout·pass, verb (used with object)sub·pass, noun

Synonyms for pass

Synonym study

35, 76b, 79. See die1.



verb (used without object), came, come, com·ing.

to approach or move toward a particular person or place: Come here. Don't come any closer!
to arrive by movement or in the course of progress: The train from Boston is coming.
to approach or arrive in time, in succession, etc.: Christmas comes once a year. I'll come to your question next.
to move into view; appear.
to extend; reach: The dress comes to her knees.
to take place; occur; happen: Success comes to those who strive.
to occur at a certain point, position, etc.: Tuesday comes after Monday. Her aria comes in the third act.
to be available, produced, offered, etc.: Toothpaste comes in a tube.
to occur to the mind: The idea just came to me.
to befall: They promised no harm would come to us.
to issue; emanate; be derived: Peaches come from trees. Good results do not come from careless work.
to arrive or appear as a result: This comes of carelessness.
to enter or be brought into a specified state or condition: to come into popular use.
to do or manage; fare: She's coming along well with her work.
to enter into being or existence; be born: The baby came at dawn.
to have been a resident or to be a native of (usually followed by from): She comes from Florida.
to become: His shoes came untied.
to seem to become: His fears made the menacing statues come alive. The work will come easy with a little practice.
(used in the imperative to call attention or to express impatience, anger, remonstrance, etc.): Come, that will do!
to germinate, as grain.
Informal. to have an orgasm.

verb (used with object), came, come, com·ing.

Chiefly British. to do; perform; accomplish.
Informal. to play the part of: to come the grande dame.


Slang: Vulgar. semen.

Verb Phrases

come about,
  1. to come to pass; happen.
  2. tack.
come across,
  1. Also come find or encounter, especially by chance: I came across this picture when I was cleaning out the attic. We suddenly came upon a deer while walking in the woods.
  2. make good one's promise, as to pay a debt, do what is expected, etc.: to come across with the rent.
  3. to be understandable or convincing: The moral of this story doesn't come across.
  4. make a particular impression; comport oneself: She comes across as a very cold person.
come again, (used as a request to repeat a statement).
come along,
  1. to accompany someone, attend as part of a group: He didn't come along on the last trip.
  2. to proceed, develop, or advance sufficiently or successfully: The new project was coming along quite smoothly.
  3. to appear; emerge as a factor or possibility: Even if another job comes along this summer, I won't take it.
come around/round,
  1. to recover consciousness; revive.
  2. to change one's opinion, decision, etc., especially to agree with another's.
  3. to visit: Come around more often.
  4. to cease being angry, hurt, etc.
come at,
  1. to arrive at; attain.
  2. to rush at; attack: The watchdog came at the intruder.
come back,
  1. to return, especially to one's memory: It all comes back to me now.
  2. to return to a former position or state.
  3. to talk back; retort: to come back with a witty remark.
come between, to cause to be estranged or antagonized: Love of money came between the brothers.
come by, to obtain; acquire: How did he ever come by so much money?
come down,
  1. to lose wealth, rank, etc.; be reduced in circumstances or status.
  2. to be handed down by tradition or inheritance.
  3. to be relayed or passed along from a source of higher rank or authority: The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
  4. take place; happen.
  5. lose one's euphoria, enthusiasm, or especially the effects of a drug high.
come down on/upon,
  1. to voice one's opposition to: She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
  2. to reprimand; scold: He came down on me for getting to work late.
come down with, to become afflicted with (an illness): Many people came down with the flu this year.
come forward, to offer one's services; present oneself; volunteer: When the president called for volunteers, several members of our group came forward.
come in,
  1. to enter.
  2. to arrive.
  3. to come into use or fashion.
  4. to begin to produce or yield: The oil well finally came in.
  5. to be among the winners: His horse came in and paid 5 to 1.
  6. to finish in a race or any competition, as specified: Our bobsled team came in fifth.
come in for, to receive; get; be subjected to: This plan will no doubt come in for a great deal of criticism.
come into,
  1. to acquire; get.
  2. to inherit: He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
come on,
  1. Also come meet or find unexpectedly.
  2. to make progress; develop; flourish.
  3. to appear on stage; make one's entrance.
  4. to begin; appear: The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
  5. Informal.(used chiefly in the imperative) to hurry; begin: Come on, before it rains!
  6. Informal.(as an entreaty or attempt at persuasion) please: Come on, go with us to the movies.
  7. try to make an impression or have an effect; present oneself: She comes on a bit too strong for my taste.
  8. make sexual advances: a Lothario who was always coming on with the women at the office.
come on to, Slang. to make sexual advances to.
come out,
  1. to be published; appear.
  2. to become known; be revealed.
  3. to make a debut in society, the theater, etc.
  4. to end; terminate; emerge: The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
  5. to make more or less public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
come out for, to endorse or support publicly: The newspaper came out for the reelection of the mayor.
come out with,
  1. to speak, especially to confess or reveal something.
  2. to make available to the public; bring out: The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
come over,
  1. to happen to; affect: What's come over him?
  2. to change sides or positions; change one's mind: He was initially against the plan, but he's come over now.
  3. to visit informally: Our neighbors came over last night and we had a good chat.
come round,
  1. come(def 29).
  2. Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
come through,
  1. to endure or finish successfully.
  2. do as expected or hoped; perform; succeed: We knew you'd come through for us.
  3. experience religious conversion.
come to,
  1. to recover consciousness.
  2. to amount to; total.
  3. take the way off a vessel, as by bringing her head into the wind or anchoring.
come under,
  1. to fit into a category or classification: This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
  2. to be the province or responsibility of: This matter comes under the State Department.
come up,
  1. to be referred to; arise: The subject kept coming up in conversation.
  2. to be presented for action or discussion: The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.
come upon. come(defs 26a, 41a).
come up to,
  1. to approach; near: A panhandler came up to us in the street.
  2. to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; match; equal: This piece of work does not come up to your usual standard.
come up with, to produce; supply: Can you come up with the right answer?

Origin of come

before 900; Middle English comen, Old English cuman; cognate with Dutch komen, German kommen, Gothic qiman, Old Norse koma, Latin venīre (see avenue), Greek baínein (see basis), Sanskrit gácchati (he) goes

Antonyms for come Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for come to pass


verb comes, coming, came or come (mainly intr)

to move towards a specified person or placecome to my desk
to arrive by movement or by making progress
to become perceptiblelight came into the sky
to occur in the course of timeChristmas comes but once a year
to exist or occur at a specific point in a seriesyour turn comes next
to happen as a resultno good will come of this
to originate or be derivedgood may come of evil
to occur to the mindthe truth suddenly came to me
to extend or reachshe comes up to my shoulder
to be produced or offeredthat dress comes in red only
to arrive at or be brought into a particular state or conditionyou will soon come to grief; the new timetable comes into effect on Monday
(foll by from) to be or have been a resident or native (of)I come from London
to becomeyour wishes will come true
(tr; takes an infinitive) to be given awarenessI came to realize its enormous value
(of grain) to germinate
slang to have an orgasm
(tr) British informal to play the part ofdon't come the fine gentleman with me
(tr) British informal to cause or producedon't come that nonsense again
(subjunctive use) when (a specified time or event has arrived or begun)she'll be sixteen come Sunday; come the revolution, you'll be the first to go
as…as they come the most characteristic example of a class or type
come again? informal what did you say?
come and (imperative or dependent imperative) to move towards a particular person or thing or accompany a person with some specified purposecome and see what I've found
come clean informal to make a revelation or confession
come good informal to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
come it slang
  1. to pretend; act a part
  2. to exaggerate
  3. (often foll by over)to try to impose (upon)
  4. to divulge a secret; inform the police
come to light to be revealed
come to light with Australian and NZ informal to find or produce
come to pass archaic to take place
how come? informal what is the reason that?


an exclamation expressing annoyance, irritation, etccome now!; come come!

noun taboo, slang


Word Origin for come

Old English cuman; related to Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman, Old High German queman to come, Sanskrit gámati he goes



to go onwards or move by or past (a person, thing, etc)
to run, extend, or lead through, over, or across (a place)the route passes through the city
to go through or cause to go through (an obstacle or barrier)to pass a needle through cloth
to move or cause to move onwards or overhe passed his hand over her face
(tr) to go beyond or exceedthis victory passes all expectation
to gain or cause to gain an adequate or required mark, grade, or rating in (an examination, course, etc)the examiner passed them all
(often foll by away or by) to elapse or allow to elapsewe passed the time talking
pass the time of day with someone to spend time amicably with someone, esp in chatting, with no particular purpose
(intr) to take place or happenwhat passed at the meeting?
to speak or exchange or be spoken or exchangedangry words passed between them
to spread or cause to spreadwe passed the news round the class
to transfer or exchange or be transferred or exchangedthe bomb passed from hand to hand
(intr) to undergo change or transitionto pass from joy to despair
(when tr, often foll by down) to transfer or be transferred by inheritancethe house passed to the younger son
to agree to or sanction or to be agreed to or receive the sanction of a legislative body, person of authority, etcthe assembly passed 10 resolutions
(tr) (of a legislative measure) to undergo (a procedural stage) and be agreedthe bill passed the committee stage
(when tr, often foll by on or upon) to pronounce or deliver (judgment, findings, etc)the court passed sentence
to go or allow to go without comment or censurethe intended insult passed unnoticed
(intr) to opt not to exercise a right, as by not answering a question or not making a bid or a play in card games
physiol to discharge (urine, faeces, etc) from the body
pass water to urinate
(intr) to come to an end or disappearhis anger soon passed
(intr; usually foll by for or as) to be likely to be mistaken for or accepted as (someone or something else)you could easily pass for your sister
(intr; foll by away, on, or over) a euphemism for die 1 (def. 1)
(tr) mainly US to fail to declare (a dividend)
(intr; usually foll by on or upon) mainly US (of a court, jury, etc) to sit in judgment; adjudicate
sport to hit, kick, or throw (the ball) to another player
bring to pass archaic to cause to happen
come to pass to happen


the act of passing
  1. a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
  2. (capital as part of a name)the Simplon Pass
a way through any difficult region
a permit, licence, or authorization to do something without restrictionshe has a pass to visit the museum on Sundays
  1. a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
  2. a document authorizing leave of absence
  1. the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
  2. (as modifier)a pass degree Compare honours (def. 2)
a dive, sweep, or bombing or landing run by an aircraft
a motion of the hand or of a wand as a prelude to or part of a conjuring trick
informal an attempt, in words or action, to invite sexual intimacy (esp in the phrase make a pass at)
a state of affairs or condition, esp a bad or difficult one (esp in the phrase a pretty pass)
sport the transfer of a ball from one player to another
fencing a thrust or lunge with a sword
bridge the act of passing (making no bid)
bullfighting a variant of pase
archaic a witty sally or remark


bridge a call indicating that a player has no bid to make

Word Origin for pass

C13: from Old French passer to pass, surpass, from Latin passūs step, pace 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for come to pass



Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.



"written permission to pass into, or through, a place," 1590s, from pass (v.). Sense of "ticket for a free ride or admission" is first found 1838. Colloquial make a pass "offer an amorous advance" first recorded 1928, perhaps from a sporting sense. Phrase come to pass (late 15c.) uses the word with a sense of "completion, accomplishment."



late 13c. (transitive) "to go by (something)," also "to cross over," from Old French passer (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *passare "to step, walk, pass" (cf. Spanish pasar, Italian passare), from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)). Intransitive sense of "to go on, to move forward, make one's way" is attested from c.1300. Figurative sense of "to experience, undergo" (as in pass the time) is first recorded late 14c. Sense of "to go through an examination successfully" is from early 15c. Meaning "decline to do something" is attested from 1869, originally in cards (euchre). In football, hockey, soccer, etc., the meaning "to transfer the ball or puck to another player" is from c.1865. Related: Passed; passing.

The meaning "to be thought to be something one is not" (especially in racial sense) is from 1935, from pass oneself off (as), first found 1809. The general verb sense of "to be accepted as equivalent" is from 1590s. Pass up "decline, refuse" is attested from 1896. Pass the buck is from 1865, said to be poker slang reference to the buck horn-handled knife that was passed around to signify whose turn it was to deal. Pass the hat "seek contributions" is from 1762. Pass-fail as a grading method is attested from 1955, American English.



"mountain defile," c.1300, from Old French pas "step, track, passage," from Latin passus "step, pace" (see pace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

come to pass in Medicine




To go across; go through.
To cause to move into a certain position.
To cease to exist; die.
To be voided from the body.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with come to pass

come to pass

see come about.


In addition to the idioms beginning with come

  • come about
  • come across
  • come again?
  • come alive
  • come along
  • come a long way
  • come and get it
  • come and go
  • come apart at the seams
  • come around
  • come at
  • come back
  • come between
  • come by
  • come clean
  • come down
  • come down on
  • come down the pike
  • come down to
  • come down with
  • comedy of errors
  • come forward
  • come from
  • come from behind
  • come full circle
  • come hell or high water
  • come home to roost
  • come in
  • come in for
  • come in from the cold
  • come in handy
  • come in out of the rain, know enough to
  • come into
  • come of
  • come of age
  • come off
  • come off it
  • come on
  • come one's way
  • come on in
  • come on strong
  • come on to
  • come out
  • come out ahead
  • come out for
  • come out in the wash, it will
  • come out of
  • come out of nowhere
  • come out of the closet
  • come out with
  • come over
  • come round
  • come through
  • come to
  • come to a halt
  • come to a head
  • come to an end
  • come to blows
  • come to grief
  • come to grips with
  • come to life
  • come to light
  • come to mind
  • come to no good
  • come to nothing
  • come to one's senses
  • come to pass
  • come to terms
  • come to that
  • come to the point
  • come to the same thing
  • come to think of it
  • come true
  • come under
  • come unglued
  • come up
  • come up against
  • come up in the world
  • come upon
  • come up roses
  • come up to
  • come up with
  • come what may
  • come with the territory

also see:

  • bigger they come
  • cross a bridge when one comes to it
  • dream come true
  • easy come, easy go
  • first come, first served
  • full circle, come
  • get one's comeuppance
  • (come) to the point
  • how come
  • if the mountain won't come to Muhammad
  • if worst comes to worst
  • Johnny-come-lately
  • know enough to come in out of the rain
  • make a comeback
  • of age, come
  • on the scene, come
  • out of nowhere, come
  • push comes to shove
  • ship comes in, when one's
  • till the cows come home
  • what goes around comes around
  • when it comes down to

Also see undercoming.


In addition to the idioms beginning with pass

  • pass away
  • pass by
  • pass for
  • pass muster
  • pass off
  • pass on
  • pass one's lips
  • pass out
  • pass over
  • pass the buck
  • pass the hat
  • pass the time
  • pass the torch
  • pass through one's mind
  • pass up
  • pass with flying colors

also see:

  • bring about (to pass)
  • come about (to pass)
  • cross (pass through) one's mind
  • head someone off (at the pass)
  • in passing
  • make (take) a pass at
  • ships that pass in the night
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.