verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a member of an inquest or other deliberative body) to sit (usually followed by on or upon): to pass on a case of manslaughter.
- to adjudicate.
- to vest title or other legal interest in real or personal property in a new owner.
- to forgo one's opportunity to bid, play, etc.
- to throw in one's hand.
- a military document granting the right to cross lines or to enter or leave a military or naval base or building.
- written authority given a soldier to leave a station or duty for a specified period of time.
- a gesture, action, or remark that is intended to be sexually inviting; amorous overture.
- a jab or poke with the arm, especially one that misses its mark.
- a passing of the hand over, along, or before anything.
- the transference or changing of objects by or as by sleight of hand; a manipulation, as of a juggler.
- to cease; end: All this trouble will pass away.
- to die: He passed away during the night.
- to present or offer (something) under false pretenses; dispose of deceptively: to pass off a spurious de Kooning on a gullible buyer.
- to cause to be accepted or received under a false identity: He passed himself off as a doctor.
- to cease gradually; end: The headache passed off in the late afternoon.
- to disregard or ignore.
- to continue to completion; occur: The meeting passed off without incident.
- to disregard; ignore: Just pass over the first part of his letter.
- to fail to take notice of, consider, or choose: He was passed over for the promotion.
- to lose consciousness; faint.
- to die; pass away.
- to distribute, especially individually by hand: to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
- 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.
- to be exempted or promoted from: Jerry passed out of freshman composition on the basis of his entering essay.
Origin of pass
Related formspass·less, adjectiveout·pass, verb (used with object)sub·pass, noun
British Dictionary definitions for pass off (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for pass off (2 of 2)
- a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
- (capital as part of a name)the Simplon Pass
- a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
- a document authorizing leave of absence
- the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
- (as modifier)a pass degree Compare honours (def. 2)
Word Origin for pass
Medicine definitions for pass off
Idioms and Phrases with pass off (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with pass off (2 of 2)
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
- 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