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 over

pass over


(tr, adverb) to take no notice of; disregardthey passed me over in the last round of promotions
(intr, preposition) to disregard (something bad or embarrassing)we shall pass over your former faults



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

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




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 over

pass over


See pass by, def. 2.


See pass away.


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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