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English verb: pass on

1. pass on (possession) place into the hands or custody of


SamplesHand me the spoon, please.
Turn the files over to me, please.
He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers.


ExamplesThey pass on the parcel to their parents


Synonymsgive, hand, pass, reach, turn over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)transfer


Narrower (hyponym)commit, confide, deal, deliver, entrust, entrust, fork out, fork over, fork up, free, give, give up, hand over, intrust, leave, release, relinquish, render, resign, slip, sneak, trust, turn in

2. pass on (possession) transmit (knowledge or skills)


SamplesGive a secret to the Russians.
Leave your name and address here.
Impart a new skill to the students.


ExamplesThey won't pass on the story


Synonymsgive, impart, leave


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)tell


Narrower (hyponym)convey


Verb groupbequeath, give, leave, will

3. pass on (motion) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense


SamplesTime marches on.


Synonymsadvance, go on, march on, move on, progress


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)close in, creep up, draw in, edge, elapse, encroach, forge, glide by, go along, go by, impinge, inch, infringe, lapse, overhaul, overtake, pass, pass, penetrate, plough on, press on, push on, rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down, slide by, slip away, slip by, sneak up, string, string along


Antonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw, retire

4. pass on (possession) give to or transfer possession of


SamplesShe passed the family jewels on to her daughter-in-law.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)bequeath, leave, will


Narrower (hyponym)hand down, propagate

5. pass on (social) refer to another person for decision or judgment


SamplesShe likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues.


Synonymsrelegate, submit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)subject, submit

6. pass on (motion) cause be distributed


SamplesThis letter is being circulated among the faculty.


Synonymscirculate, distribute, pass around


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)scatter, send around, spread, spread out, utter

7. pass on (communication) transmit information


SamplesPlease communicate this message to all employees.
Pass along the good news.


Synonymscommunicate, pass, pass along, put across


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, convey, transmit


Narrower (hyponym)acknowledge, bespeak, call for, carry, deliver, get across, implant, message, message, plant, put over, quest, receipt, relay, render, request, return, send a message









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