1 Often, pass by. proceed or move past, go by or past:
She passed me in the street. I didn't recognize her till she had passed. We met like ships that pass in the night
2 proceed, move (onwards), go (ahead), progress, extend, lie, run, flow, fly, roll, course, stream, drift, sweep:
A flock of geese passed overhead.
3 let pass, let go (by), overlook, disregard, ignore, pay no heed, omit, skip:
I think I'll pass on making a decision till the proper time comes.
4 qualify (in), pass muster (in), get or come through, succeed:
Deirdre didn't believe she would pass chemistry, but pass she did
5 spend, devote, use (up), expend, employ, occupy, fill, while away, take (up); dissipate, waste, fritter away, kill:
He passed his time on Devil's Island planning ways to escape.
6 surpass, exceed, outdo, transcend, go beyond, overshoot, outstrip, outrun, surmount, outdistance:
She passed her own expectations in winning the scholarship. How Alan ever got a degree passes all comprehension
7 allow, tolerate, permit, approve, sanction, accept, authorize, endorse, carry, agree to, confirm:
The customs inspectors passed my luggage without question. The bill passed the committee and came up for voting
8 give, hand round or along or over, transfer, pass on or over, deliver, convey, Sports US hand off, Colloq toss, throw, reach:
Please pass the salt. The sweeper passed the ball back to the goalkeeper.
9 utter, express, issue, declare, pronounce, deliver, set forth, offer:
Who is she to pass judgement on abstract paintings?
10 go away, disappear, vanish, evaporate, fade away, melt away, evanesce, cease (to exist), (come to an) end, die out, go by the board, terminate, Literary evanish, Colloq blow over:
For an instant I was gripped by a horrible fear, but the feeling passed
11 go (by), expire, elapse; slip by or away, fly; crawl, creep, drag:
Weeks have passed since we last met. Time passes quickly when you're having fun
12 evacuate, void, eliminate, excrete, defecate, urinate:
The tests showed that he had passed some gravel in his urine.
13 come to pass. befall, happen, occur, take place, come about, arise, Colloq come off:
And it came to pass that a great pestilence was abroad in the land.
14 pass away.
(a) die, expire, perish, succumb, breathe one's last, pass on, go to one's reward, go to one's final or last resting-place, (go to) meet one's Maker, Colloq go west, give up the ghost, Slang croak, kick the bucket, Chiefly US bite the dust, turn up one's toes:
He was the sole beneficiary when she passed away.
(b) vanish, disappear, go away, stop, cease, end:
The feeling of vertigo simply passed away when the plane landed.
15 pass by. See 1, above:
The strikers were urging people to pass by the shop.
16 pass for or as.
(a) be taken for, be mistaken for, be regarded as, be accepted as:
He wrote a book about being a man who passed for a woman.
(b) impersonate, imitate, mimic, pass (oneself) off as, come or go as, be disguised as, disguise oneself as, assume the guise of, masquerade as, pose as, assume the role of, act the part of, act like, pretend to be, play:
Using her best cockney accent, she tried to pass as a Londoner.
17 pass off. evaporate, disappear, evanesce, be emitted:
The water passes off as steam, leaving the distillate in the flask.
18 pass on.
(a) proceed, continue, progress:
Let us now pass on to the next lesson.
(b) bequeath, hand down or on, transfer, make over, will, cede, give:
The old gambler passed on to me the secret of never losing - Don't gamble.
(c) See 14, (a), above.
19 pass (oneself) off as. See 16, (b), above.
20 pass out.
(a) faint, collapse, swoon, black out, drop, Colloq conk out, keel over:
When they told her of the accident, she passed out on the spot.
(b) distribute, dole out, mete out, deal (out), hand out:
After we took our seats, the cabin staff passed out glasses of champagne
21 pass over. See 3, above:
I shall pass over his latest misdeeds without comment.
22 pass up. reject, decline, refuse, waive, turn down, dismiss, spurn, renounce; deny (oneself), skip, give up, forgo, let go (by), abandon, forswear, forsake, let pass, ignore, pay no heed, disregard, pay no heed, omit:
If you don't buy this car, you are passing up an opportunity of a lifetime.
23 defile, gorge, col, cwm, cut, canyon or cañon, notch, gap, gully, couloir; passage, opening, way, route, road:
We had mined the pass to prevent the enemy's advance.
24 authorization, permit, licence, approval, safe conduct, green light, go-ahead; permission, freedom, liberty, authority, clearance; Colloq OK or okay:
He bribed an official for a pass to leave the country.
25 free pass, complimentary ticket, Slang US twofer, Annie Oakley:
I have two passes to the opera tonight - Want to go?
26 state (of affairs), condition, situation, stage, juncture, status, crux; predicament, crisis:
At that critical pass, it was too late to change policy. Things had come to a pretty pass
27 attempt, trial, try, effort, endeavour:
Anita's first pass at a perfect score resulted in disaster. We made a pass at docking while under sail
28 (sexual or indecent) overture or advance(s), proposition, indecent proposal:
That lecher has made a pass at every secretary he's ever had.
29 manoeuvre, approach; passage, flight, fly-by, transit:
The pilot's first pass over the airfield was at 500 feet.
30 transfer, toss, throw, US hand-off:
A forward pass is illegal in rugby.