Nearby words

  1. pasquale,
  2. pasqueflower,
  3. pasquil,
  4. pasquinade,
  5. pasquinian,
  6. pass away,
  7. pass band,
  8. pass by,
  9. pass degree,
  10. pass for


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

Synonym study

35, 76b, 79. See die1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pass off

pass off

verb (adverb)

to be or cause to be accepted or circulated in a false character or identityhe passed the fake diamonds off as real
(intr) to come to a gradual end; disappeareventually the pain passed off
to emit (a substance) as a gas or vapour, or (of a substance) to be emitted in this way
(intr) to take placethe meeting passed off without disturbance
(tr) to set aside or disregardI managed to pass off his insult


/ (pɑːs) /




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

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Word Origin and History for pass off
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Medicine definitions for pass off


[ păs ]


To go across; go through.
To cause to move into a certain position.
To cease to exist; die.
To be voided from the body.

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Idioms and Phrases with pass off

pass off


Misrepresent something or someone, as in They tried to pass off that piece of glass as a gemstone, or Bill passed her off as his sister. [Late 1700s] Also see palm off.


Be completed or carried out, take place, as in The meeting passed off without incident. [Late 1700s]


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
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