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Definition of pass:

  1. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
  2. A part; a division.
  3. A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
  4. A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
  5. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford; as, a mountain pass.
  6. Estimation; character.
  7. Fig.: a thrust; a sally of wit.
  8. In football, hockey, etc., a transfer of the ball, etc., to another player of one's side, usually at some distance.
  9. In football, hockey, etc., to make a pass; to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.
  10. In football, hockey, etc., to make pass; to transfer the ball, etc., to another player of one's own side.
  11. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come; a psssport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
  12. State of things; condition; predicament.
  13. To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance; as, an estate passes by a certain clause in a deed.
  14. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to continue; to live along.
  15. To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just; as, he passed the bill through the committee; the senate passed the law.
  16. To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another; to transmit; to deliver; to hand; to make over; as, the waiter passed bisquit and cheese; the torch was passed from hand to hand.
  17. To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance; as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a railroad.
  18. To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce; hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
  19. To decline to take an optional action when it is one's turn, as to decline to bid, or to bet, or to play a card; in euchre, to decline to make the trump.
  20. To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.
  21. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
  22. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as, their vacation passed pleasantly.
  23. To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
  24. To go by, beyond, over, through, or the like; to proceed from one side to the other of; as, to pass a house, a stream, a boundary, etc.
  25. To go from one limit to the other of; to spend; to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
  26. 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.
  27. To go successfully through, as an examination, trail, test, etc.; to obtain the formal sanction of, as a legislative body; as, he passed his examination; the bill passed the senate.
  28. To go through any inspection or test successfully; to be approved or accepted; as, he attempted the examination, but did not expect to pass.
  29. To go through the intestines.
  30. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
  31. 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.
  32. To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
  33. To make, as a thrust, punto, etc.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to pass counterfeit money.
  38. To take a turn with ( a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
  39. To take heed; to care.
  40. To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.


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