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[past, pahst]
  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.
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Origin of passed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at pass, -ed2
Related formsun·passed, adjective
Can be confusedpassed past paste
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Examples from the Web for unpassed

Historical Examples

  • For thirty years to hold first place And still, unpassed, keep up the pace Pleases a stout, sport-loving race.

    Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.

    Charles L. Graves

  • Herbert Hoover's haunting trouble all through his college course was that unpassed entrance requirement in English composition.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Both houses, however, adjourned early in April and left it unpassed.