Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: passer; PASS1


pas‧sage S3 W2

in a building

[countable]DHH a long narrow area with walls on either side which connects one room or place to another [↪ corridor]:
My office is just along the passage.
We walked down a narrow passage to the back of the building.
an underground passage

from a book etc

[countable]ALTCN a short part of a book, poem, speech, piece of music etc
passage from/of
He read out a short passage from the Bible.


[uncountable] formal the movement of people or vehicles along a road or across an area of land
passage of
The bridge isn't strong enough to allow the passage of heavy vehicles.
Both sides agreed to allow the free passage of medical supplies into the area.
He was guaranteed safe passage out of the country.

of a law

[uncountable]PGPSCL when a new law is discussed and accepted by a parliament or Congress
passage through
The bill was amended several times during its passage through Congress.
They are expecting the new legislation to have quite a rough passage (=be discussed and criticized a lot) through parliament.


[countable]TTW old-fashioned a journey on a ship
passage to
My parents couldn't afford the passage to America.

inside somebody's body

HBH [countable] a tube in your body that air or liquid can pass through:
the nasal passages

way through

[singular] a way through something
passage through
The police forced a passage through the crowd.

the passage of time

the passing of time:
With the passage of time, things began to look more hopeful.

➔ rite of passage

at rite (2)

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