Sense: 1-4, 6-8
|Origin:||pas, from Latin passus; PASS1|
an official piece of paper which shows that you are allowed to enter a building or travel on something without paying:
The guard checked our passes.
They issued us with free passes to the theatre.
You can buy a cheap one-day bus pass.
a successful result in an examination [≠ fail]:
You will need at least three passes to get onto the course.
Did you get a pass in English?
The pass mark (=the mark you need to be successful) is 55%.
when you kick, throw, or hit a ball to another member of your team during a game:
That was a brilliant pass by Holden.
to try to kiss or touch another person with the intention of starting a sexual relationship with them
a high road or path that goes between mountains to the other side:
a narrow, winding mountain pass
one part of a process that involves dealing with the whole of a group or thing several times:
On the first pass we eliminated all the candidates who didn't have the right experience.
a movement in which an aircraft flies once over a place which it is attacking
8 old-fashioned informal
if things have come to a pretty or sorry pass, a situation has become very bad