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English adjective: pass

1. pass of advancing the ball by throwing it

SamplesA team with a good passing attack.
A pass play.


Domain categoryfootball, football game


English noun: pass

1. pass (act) (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls

SamplesHe worked the pitcher for a base on balls.

Synonymsbase on balls, walk

Broader (hypernym)accomplishment, achievement

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

2. pass (time) (military) a written leave of absence

SamplesHe had a pass for three days.

Broader (hypernym)leave, leave of absence

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. pass (act) (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate

SamplesThe coach sent in a passing play on third and long.

Synonymspassing, passing game, passing play

Broader (hypernym)football play

Narrower (hyponym)aerial, forward pass, lateral, lateral pass, spot pass

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

4. pass (object) the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

SamplesWe got through the pass before it started to snow.

Synonymsmountain pass, notch

Broader (hypernym)location

Narrower (hyponym)col, defile, gap, gorge, saddle, saddleback

Instance hyponymBrenner Pass, Cumberland Gap, Donner Pass, Khyber Pass

Part meronymchain, chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range, range of mountains

5. pass (communication) any authorization to pass or go somewhere

SamplesThe pass to visit had a strict time limit.


Broader (hypernym)permission

Narrower (hyponym)safe-conduct, safeguard

6. pass (communication) a document indicating permission to do something without restrictions

SamplesThe media representatives had special passes.

Synonymslaissez passer

Broader (hypernym)permission

Narrower (hyponym)boarding card, boarding pass, hall pass, ticket-of-leave

7. pass (act) a flight or run by an aircraft over a target

SamplesThe plane turned to make a second pass.

Broader (hypernym)flight, flying

8. pass (state) a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

Synonymsstrait, straits

Broader (hypernym)situation

Narrower (hyponym)desperate straits, dire straits

9. pass (event) a difficult juncture

SamplesA pretty pass.
Matters came to a head yesterday.

Synonymshead, straits

Broader (hypernym)juncture, occasion

10. pass (event) one complete cycle of operations (as by a computer)

SamplesIt was not possible to complete the computation in a single pass.

Broader (hypernym)cycle, oscillation

Domain categorycomputer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system

11. pass (communication) you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

SamplesHe had a bye in the first round.


Broader (hypernym)conceding, concession, yielding

12. pass (communication) a permit to enter or leave a military installation

SamplesHe had to show his pass in order to get out.

Synonymsliberty chit

Broader (hypernym)licence, license, permit

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

13. pass (communication) a complimentary ticket

SamplesThe star got passes for his family.

Broader (hypernym)ticket

14. pass (act) a usually brief attempt

SamplesHe took a crack at it.
I gave it a whirl.

Synonymscrack, fling, go, offer, whirl

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

15. pass (act) (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

SamplesThe pass was fumbled.

Synonymsflip, toss

Broader (hypernym)throw

Narrower (hyponym)centering, snap

Domain categoryathletics, sport

16. pass (act) success in satisfying a test or requirement

SamplesHis future depended on his passing that test.
He got a pass in introductory chemistry.

Synonymspassing, qualifying

Broader (hypernym)success

Antonymsflunk, failing

English verb: pass

1. pass (motion) go across or through

SamplesWe passed the point where the police car had parked.
A terrible thought went through his mind.

Synonymsgo across, go through

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)blunder, break through, cover, crack, crash, cross, cut, cut across, cut through, cycle, fumble, get across, get over, infiltrate, lock, make, move through, muscle, negociate, negotiate, overstep, pass across, pass over, pass over, pass through, pass through, run, squeak by, squeak through, track, transgress, transit, transit, traverse, trespass, work

2. pass (motion) move past

SamplesA black limousine passed by when she looked out the window.
He passed his professor in the hall.
One line of soldiers surpassed the other.

ExamplesThese cars won't pass

Synonymsgo by, go past, pass by, surpass, travel by

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)fly by, fly by, run by, skirt, whisk by, zip by

3. pass (social) make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

SamplesThey passed the amendment.
We cannot legislate how people spend their free time.


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

Broader (hypernym)enact, ordain

4. pass (motion) pass by

SamplesThree years elapsed.

Synonymselapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, slide by, slip away, slip by

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Narrower (hyponym)fell, fly, vanish

5. pass (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 the food to the people, They pass the people the food

Synonymsgive, hand, pass on, 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

6. pass (stative) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

SamplesService runs all the way to Cranbury.
His knowledge doesn't go very far.
My memory extends back to my fourth year of life.
The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets.

Synonymsextend, go, lead, run

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)come, go deep, go far, radiate, ray

Verb grouprange, run

7. pass (motion) travel past

SamplesThe sports car passed all the trucks.

ExamplesThese cars won't pass

Synonymsoverhaul, overtake

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

Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Narrower (hyponym)clear, get by, top

8. pass (change) come to pass

SamplesWhat is happening?.
The meeting took place off without an incidence.
Nothing occurred that seemed important.

Synonymscome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass off, take place

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
It ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, arise, backfire, backlash, bechance, bechance, befall, befall, betide, break, break, chance, coincide, come, come around, come off, come up, concur, contemporise, contemporize, develop, develop, fall, fall, give, go, go off, go over, happen, happen, intervene, materialise, materialize, operate, proceed, recoil, recrudesce, recur, repeat, result, roll around, shine, strike, supervene, synchronise, synchronize, transpire, turn out

9. pass (social) go unchallenged; be approved

SamplesThe bill cleared the House.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Narrower (hyponym)clear

10. pass (stative) pass time in a specific way

SamplesHow are you spending your summer vacation?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)do, get through, holiday, overwinter, serve, slum, sojourn, soldier, summer, vacation, weekend, while away, winter

11. pass (contact) pass over, across, or through

SamplesHe ran his eyes over her body.
She ran her fingers along the carved figurine.
He drew her hair through his fingers.

Synonymsdraw, guide, run

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Narrower (hyponym)rub, thread, thread

Verb groupdraw, lead, run, string, thread

12. pass (communication) transmit information

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

Synonymscommunicate, pass along, pass on, 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

13. pass (change) disappear gradually

SamplesThe pain eventually passed off.

Synonymsblow over, evanesce, fade, fleet, pass off

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)disappear, go away, vanish

14. pass (social) go successfully through a test or a selection process

SamplesShe passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now.

Synonymsmake it

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

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Narrower (hyponym)ace, breeze through, nail, pass with flying colors, sail through, sweep through

Antonymsflunk, flush it, bomb, fail

15. pass (stative) be superior or better than some standard

SamplesShe exceeded our expectations.
She topped her performance of last year.

Synonymsexceed, go past, overstep, top, transcend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)excel, stand out, surpass

16. pass (social) accept or judge as acceptable

SamplesThe teacher passed the student although he was weak.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Causemake it, pass


17. pass (social) allow to go without comment or censure

SamplesThe insult passed as if unnoticed.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)allow, let, permit

18. pass (possession) transfer to another; of rights or property

SamplesOur house passed under his official control.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)change

19. pass (motion) pass into a specified state or condition

SamplesHe sank into nirvana.

Synonymslapse, sink

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

20. pass (possession) throw (a ball) to another player

SamplesSmith passed.

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

Broader (hypernym)throw

21. pass (possession) be inherited by

SamplesThe estate fell to my sister.
The land returned to the family.
The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead.

Synonymsdevolve, fall, return

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)change hands, change owners

Narrower (hyponym)fall, light

Verb groupaccrue, fall

22. pass (motion) cause to pass

SamplesShe passed around the plates.

Synonymsmake pass

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)cycle, lead, pass off, pass through, run

Causego across, go through, pass

23. pass (communication) grant authorization or clearance for

SamplesClear the manuscript for publication.
The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography.

Synonymsauthorise, authorize, clear

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

Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit

Narrower (hyponym)approbate, approve, certificate, certify, commission, declare, formalise, formalize, licence, license, O.K., okay, sanction, validate

24. pass (change) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

SamplesShe died from cancer.
The children perished in the fire.
The patient went peacefully.
The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102.

Synonymsbuy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)abort, asphyxiate, buy it, drown, fall, famish, pip out, predecease, starve, stifle, succumb, suffocate, yield

Verb groupbreak, break down, conk out, die, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad

Antonymsbe born

25. pass (body) eliminate from the body

SamplesPass a kidney stone.

Synonymsegest, eliminate, excrete

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release

Narrower (hyponym)barf, be sick, ca-ca, cast, cat, chuck, crap, defecate, disgorge, empty, evacuate, exudate, exude, honk, make, make, make water, micturate, ooze, ooze out, pass water, pee, pee-pee, perspire, piddle, piss, puddle, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, relieve oneself, retch, shit, sick, spend a penny, spew, spue, stool, sudate, sweat, take a crap, take a leak, take a shit, throw up, transude, upchuck, urinate, urinate, void, vomit, vomit up, wee, wee-wee

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