To pass away

To pass away
Pass Pass, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Passed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Passing}.] [F. passer, LL. passare, fr. L. passus step, or from pandere, passum, to spread out, lay open. See {Pace}.] 1. To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc. ``But now pass over [i. e., pass on].'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

On high behests his angels to and fro Passed frequent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths, And from their bodies passed. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

2. To move or be transferred from one state or condition to another; to change possession, condition, or circumstances; to undergo transition; as, the business has passed into other hands. [1913 Webster]

Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass from just to unjust. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. To move beyond the range of the senses or of knowledge; to pass away; hence, to disappear; to vanish; to depart; specifically, to depart from life; to die. [1913 Webster]

Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The passing of the sweetest soul That ever looked with human eyes. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

4. To move or to come into being or under notice; to come and go in consciousness; hence, to take place; to occur; to happen; to come; to occur progressively or in succession; to be present transitorily. [1913 Webster]

So death passed upon all men. --Rom. v. 12. [1913 Webster]

Our own consciousness of what passes within our own mind. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly. [1913 Webster]

Now the time is far passed. --Mark vi. 35 [1913 Webster]

6. To go from one person to another; hence, to be given and taken freely; as, clipped coin will not pass; to obtain general acceptance; to be held or regarded; to circulate; to be current; -- followed by for before a word denoting value or estimation. ``Let him pass for a man.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

False eloquence passeth only where true is not understood. --Felton. [1913 Webster]

This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

7. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to validity or effectiveness; to be carried through a body that has power to sanction or reject; to receive legislative sanction; to be enacted; as, the resolution passed; the bill passed both houses of Congress. [1913 Webster]

8. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass. [1913 Webster]

9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along. ``The play may pass.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass. [1913 Webster]

11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.] ``This passes, Master Ford.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

14. (Law) To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust. [1913 Webster]

16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in euchre, to decline to make the trump. [1913 Webster]

She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

{To bring to pass}, {To come to pass}. See under {Bring}, and {Come}.

{To pass away}, to disappear; to die; to vanish. ``The heavens shall pass away.'' --2 Pet. iii. 10. ``I thought to pass away before, but yet alive I am.'' --Tennyson.

{To pass by}, to go near and beyond a certain person or place; as, he passed by as we stood there.

{To pass into}, to change by a gradual transmission; to blend or unite with.

{To pass on}, to proceed.

{To pass on} or {To pass upon}. (a) To happen to; to come upon; to affect. ``So death passed upon all men.'' --Rom. v. 12. ``Provided no indirect act pass upon our prayers to define them.'' --Jer. Taylor. (b) To determine concerning; to give judgment or sentence upon. ``We may not pass upon his life.'' --Shak.

{To pass off}, to go away; to cease; to disappear; as, an agitation passes off.

{To pass over}, to go from one side or end to the other; to cross, as a river, road, or bridge. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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