Sense: 1-4, 6-8
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: PASS1
Sense: 5
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: pas, from Latin passus; PASS1


2 noun
Related topics: Nature, Sport, Education
pass2 S2 W3 [countable]


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.


SE a successful result in an examination [≠ fail]:
You will need at least three passes to get onto the course.
pass in
Did you get a pass in English?
The pass mark (=the mark you need to be successful) is 55%.


DS when you kick, throw, or hit a ball to another member of your team during a game:
That was a brilliant pass by Holden.

make a pass at somebody

informal to try to kiss or touch another person with the intention of starting a sexual relationship with them


DN 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

come to a pretty/sorry pass

old-fashioned informal if things have come to a pretty or sorry pass, a situation has become very bad

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