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.