Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French passer, from Vulgar Latin *passare, from Latin passus step — more at pace
Date: 13th century
1. move, proceed, go
a. to go away ; depart
b. die — often used with on
a. to move in a path so as to approach and continue beyond something ; move past; especially to move past another vehicle going in the same direction
b. to run the normal course — used of time or a period of time <the hours pass quickly> 4. a. to go or make one's way through <allow no one to pass> b. to go uncensured, unchallenged, or seemingly unnoticed <let the remark pass> 5. to go from one quality, state, or form to another <passes from a liquid to a gaseous state> 6. a. to sit in inquest or judgment b. (1) to render a decision, verdict, or opinion <the court passed on the legality of wiretapping> (2) to become legally rendered <judgment passed for the plaintiff> 7. to go from the control, ownership, or possession of one person or group to that of another <the throne passed to the king's son> <title passes to the buyer upon payment in full> 8. a. happen, occur b. to take place or be exchanged as or in a social, personal, or business interaction <words passed> 9. a. to become approved by a legislature or body empowered to sanction or reject <the proposal passed> b. to undergo an inspection, test, or course of study successfully 10. a. to serve as a medium of exchange b. to be accepted or regarded <drivel that passes for literature> c. to identify oneself or be identified as something one is not <tried to pass as an adult> <Mom could pass as my sister> 11. a. obsolete to make a pass in fencing b. to throw or hit a ball or puck to a teammate — often used with off 12. a. (1) to decline to bid, double, or redouble in a card game (2) to withdraw from the current poker pot b. to let something go by without accepting or taking advantage of it — often used with on <passed on the cheesecake> <thanks for the offer, but I'll pass> transitive verb 1. to go beyond: as a. surpass, exceed <passes all expectations> b. to advance or develop beyond c. to go past (one moving in the same direction) 2. a. to go by ; proceed or extend beyond <pass the school on their way to work> b. (1) obsolete ; neglect, omit (2) ; to omit a regularly scheduled declaration and payment of (a dividend) 3. a. to go across, over, or through ; cross b. to live through (as an experience or peril) ; undergo c. to go through (as a test) successfully 4. a. to secure the approval of <the bill passed the Senate> b. to cause or permit to win approval or legal or official sanction <pass a law> c. to give approval or a passing grade to <pass the students> 5. a. to let (as time or a period of time) go by especially while involved in a leisure activity <I'll read to pass the time> b. to let go unnoticed ; overlook, disregard 6. a. pledge b. to transfer the right to or property in <pass title to a house> 7. a. to put in circulation <pass bad checks> b. (1) to transfer or transmit from one to another <pass the salt> <passing the savings on to customers> (2) to relay or communicate (as information) to another c. to cause or enable to go ; transport d. to throw or hit (a ball or puck) especially to a teammate 8. a. to pronounce (as a sentence or opinion) especially judicially b. utter <passed a cutting remark> 9. a. to cause or permit to go past or through a barrier b. to move or cause to move in a particular manner or direction <passed my hand over my face> <pass the rope through the loop> c. to cause to march or go by in order <pass the troops in review> 10. to emit or discharge from a bodily part and especially the bowels 11. a. to give a base on balls to b. to hit a ball past (an opponent) in a game (as tennis) • passer noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pas, from Latin passus Date: 14th century 1. a means (as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained; especially a low place in a mountain range 2. a position to be held usually against odds III. noun Etymology: 1pass Date: 1523 1. realization <brought his dream to pass> 2. the act or an instance of passing ; passage 3. a usually distressing or bad state of affairs <what has brought you to such a pass?> 4. a. a written permission to move about freely in a place or to leave or enter it b. a written leave of absence from a military post or station for a brief period c. a permit or ticket allowing free transportation or free admission 5. archaic a thrust or lunge in fencing 6. a. a transference of objects by sleight of hand or other deceptive means b. a moving of the hands over or along something 7. archaic an ingenious sally (as of wit) 8. the passing of an examination or course of study; also the mark or certification of such passing 9. a single complete mechanical operation; also a single complete cycle of operations (as for processing, manufacturing, or printing) 10. a. (1) a transfer of a ball or a puck from one player to another on the same team (2) a ball or puck so transferred b. passing shot 11. base on balls 12. an election not to bid, bet, or draw an additional card in a card game 13. a throw of dice in the game of craps that wins the bet for the shooter — compare crap III,2, missout 14. a single passage or movement (as of an airplane) over a place or toward a target 15. a. effort, try b. a sexually inviting gesture or approach 16. pase IV. abbreviation passenger
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.