The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pass \Pass\ (p[.a]s, p[a^]s), 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.
On high behests his angels to and fro
Passed frequent. --Milton.
Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
And from their bodies passed. --Coleridge.
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.
Others, dissatisfied with what they have, . . . pass
from just to unjust. --Sir W.
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.
Disturb him not, let him pass paceably. --Shak.
Beauty is a charm, but soon the charm will pass.
The passing of the sweetest soul
That ever looked with human eyes. --Tennyson.
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.
So death passed upon all men. --Rom. v. 12.
Our own consciousness of what passes within our own
mind. --I. Watts.
5. To go by or glide by, as time; to elapse; to be spent; as,
their vacation passed pleasantly.
Now the time is far passed. --Mark vi. 35
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.
False eloquence passeth only where true is not
This will not pass for a fault in him. --Atterbury.
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.
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.
9. To be suffered to go on; to be tolerated; hence, to
continue; to live along. "The play may pass." --Shak.
10. To go unheeded or neglected; to proceed without hindrance
or opposition; as, we let this act pass.
11. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess. [Obs.]
"This passes, Master Ford." --Shak.
12. To take heed; to care. [Obs.]
As for these silken-coated slaves, I pass not.
13. To go through the intestines. --Arbuthnot.
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.
15. (Fencing) To make a lunge or pass; to thrust.
16. (Card Playing) To decline to play in one's turn; in
euchre, to decline to make the trump.
She would not play, yet must not pass. --Prior.
To bring to pass, To come to pass. See under Bring, and
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."
(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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pass \Pass\, v. t.
1. In simple, transitive senses; as:
(a) 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.
(b) Hence: To go from one limit to the other of; to spend;
to live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to
suffer. "To pass commodiously this life." --Milton.
She loved me for the dangers I had passed.
(c) To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to
take no note of; to disregard.
Please you that I may pass This doing. --Shak.
I pass their warlike pomp, their proud array.
(d) To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
And strive to pass . . .
Their native music by her skillful art.
Whose tender power
Passes the strength of storms in their most
desolate hour. --Byron.
(e) 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.
2. In causative senses: as:
(a) 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.
I had only time to pass my eye over the medals.
Waller passed over five thousand horse and foot
by Newbridge. --Clarendon.
(b) To cause to pass the lips; to utter; to pronounce;
hence, to promise; to pledge; as, to pass sentence.
Father, thy word is passed. --Milton.
(c) 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.
(e) To put in circulation; to give currency to; as, to
pass counterfeit money. "Pass the happy news."
(f) To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance;
as, to pass a person into a theater, or over a
3. To emit from the bowels; to evacuate.
4. (Naut.) To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as
around a sail in furling, and make secure.
5. (Fencing) To make, as a thrust, punto, etc. --Shak.
Passed midshipman. See under Midshipman.
To pass a dividend, to omit the declaration and payment of
a dividend at the time when due.
To pass away, to spend; to waste. "Lest she pass away the
flower of her age." --Ecclus. xlii. 9.
To pass by.
(a) To disregard; to neglect.
(b) To excuse; to spare; to overlook.
To pass off, to impose fraudulently; to palm off. "Passed
himself off as a bishop." --Macaulay.
To pass (something) on (some one) or To pass (something)
upon (some one), to put upon as a trick or cheat; to palm
off. "She passed the child on her husband for a boy."
To pass over, to overlook; not to note or resent; as, to
pass over an affront.