pass up


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pass up vb (tr, adverb)
  1. informal to let go by; ignore: I won't pass up this opportunity
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pass /pæs/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to move past;
    go by: [+ object]to pass a car on the side of the road.[no object]Several cars passed before I realized we were slowing down.
  2. to go across or over an entrance, etc.;
    cross:[no object]The burglar stood in the hallway, then passed into the next room.
  3. to let something go without taking notice, etc.;
    disregard: [no object]let her offensive remarks pass.[+ object]Pass chapter two and go on to chapter three.
  4. to (cause to) allow to go through a barrier, etc.: [+ object]The guard passed the visitor after examining his papers.[no object]"Your papers are in order; you may pass,'' the guard said.
  5. to endure or undergo:[+ object]passed the worst night of their lives.
  6. to (cause to) elapse or go through a period of time: [+ object]How did you pass the time in Finland in winter?[no object]Actually, the days passed quickly.
  7. to come to an end:[no object]The crisis soon passed.
  8. to go away;
    depart:[no object]The feeling will pass.
  9. to undergo or complete successfully: [+ object]to pass an examination.[no object]Two students passed, but many more failed.
  10. to permit (a person) to complete an examination, course, etc., successfully:[+ object]The teacher passed all of her students.
  11. to be something not very good but still acceptable:[no object]This copy isn't very good, but it will pass.
  12. [no object] to live or be known as a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic group not one's own.
  13. to convey, transfer, or transmit:[+ object]Please pass the salt.
  14. to (cause to) go or move onward: [+ object]to pass a rope through a hole.[no object]Can the rope pass through this hole?
  15. to cause to be accepted:[+ object]trying to pass a bad check.
  16. to be exchanged or conveyed, as between two persons:[no object]Sharp words passed between them.
  17. to discharge or excrete from the body: [+ object]He passed a kidney stone in his urine.[no object]Don't worry, the kidney stones will pass normally through your urine.
  18. to approve, esp. by vote:[+ object]Congress passed the bill.
  19. to obtain the approval of: [+ object]The bill passed the Senate.[no object]The bill didn't pass.
  20. to express, as an opinion:[+ object]to pass judgment without knowing the facts.
  21. Sportto transfer (a ball or puck) to a teammate: [+ object]He passed the ball to his teammate.[no object]He couldn't pass to anyone, so he shot.
  22. to express or pronounce an opinion or judgment:[no object;  usually: ~ + on + object]Will you pass on the authenticity of this drawing?
  23. pass away or on, [no object] to die:She passed away quietly in her sleep.
  24. pass down, [+ down + object] to tell or teach (traditions, etc.) to one's descendants;
    hand down:passing down important traditions to the next generation.
  25. pass off: 
    • to present or sell (something) deceptively or under false pretenses: [+ off + object]The used car salesman tried to pass off this cheap car as a more expensive model.[+ object + off]He tried to pass it off as a new model.
    • [+ oneself + off + as] to cause to be accepted under a false identity:He passed himself off as a doctor.
  26. pass on: 
    • [no object] Also,  pass away, to die.
    • to give something to someone;
      tell information to someone: [+ object + on]passed the latest gossip on.[+ on +  object]Pass on the information to your co-workers.
  27. pass out, [no object] to faint:He passed out from all the drinking.
  28. pass over: 
    • [+ over + object] to disregard;
      ignore:I will pass over the fact that my opponent is a liar.
    • to fail to notice or consider;
      overlook: [+ over +  object]The company passed over several qualified women and hired a man.[+ object + over]They passed him over for the promotion again.
  29. pass up, to refuse or neglect to take advantage of, as an opportunity: [+ up + object]When he turned down that job offer, he passed up a golden opportunity.[+ object + up]The offer was so good she just couldn't pass it up.

n. [countable]
  1. an act of passing.
  2. a narrow route or way across a low area in a mountain range.
  3. a permission to pass, or enter:He showed his pass and the guard let him into the building.
    • Militarywritten permission given a soldier to be absent briefly from a station:He had a three-day pass to Seoul.
  4. a free ticket or permit:a pass to get into the show.
  5. a particular stage or state of affairs:The situation came to a dreadful pass.
  6. a single movement, effort, etc.:The bombers had only enough fuel for one pass at the target.
  7. Informal Termsa gesture, action, or remark intended to be sexually inviting:He made several passes at her.
  8. Sportthe transfer of a ball or puck from one teammate to another:threw a perfect pass to him for the touchdown.
  1. come to pass , [It + ~ + (that) clause]: to happen;
    occur:It came to pass that a babe was born in a manger.

See -pass-1.
-pass-1  ,root. 
  1. -pass- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "step;
    pace.'' This meaning is found in such words as: bypass, compass, encompass, impasse, pass, passable, passage, passageway, passport, surpass, trespass, underpass.

-pass-2  ,root. 
  1. -pass- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "suffer;
    experience.'' It is related to -pat-. This meaning is found in such words as: compassion, dispassionate, impassioned, impassive, passion, passive.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pass  (pas, päs),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to move past;
    go by:to pass another car on the road.
  2. to let go without notice, action, remark, etc.;
    leave unconsidered;
    overlook:Pass chapter two and go on to chapter three.
  3. to omit the usual or regular payment of:The company decided to pass its dividend in the third quarter of the year.
  4. to cause or allow to go through or beyond a gate, barrier, etc.:The guard checked the identification papers and then passed the visitor.
  5. to go across or over (a stream, threshold, etc.);
  6. to endure or undergo:They passed the worst night of their lives.
  7. to undergo or complete successfully:to pass an examination.
  8. to cause or permit to complete successfully (an investigation, examination, course of study, etc.):I am passing the whole class this term.
  9. to go beyond (a point, degree, stage, etc.);
  10. to cause to go or extend farther:to pass a rope through a hole.
  11. to cause to go, move, or march by:to pass troops in review.
  12. to allot to oneself (a portion of time);
    spend:He decided to pass a year abroad.
  13. to live through, utilize, or fill;
    occupy oneself during:How to pass the time?
  14. to cause to circulate or spread;
    disseminate:to pass rumors.
  15. to cause to be accepted or received:to pass a worthless check.
  16. to convey, transfer, or transmit;
    deliver (often fol. by on):Pass this memo on after reading it.
  17. to convey from one person, hand, etc., to another:Please pass the salt.
  18. to pledge:to pass one's word of honor to remain loyal.
  19. to utter, pronounce, or speak:She passed a remark about every passerby.
  20. to cause to go through something, as a process or agency:to pass returning travelers through customs.
  21. to discharge or void from the body, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  22. to sanction or approve, esp. by vote:Congress passed the bill.
  23. to obtain the approval or sanction of (a legislative body, committee, etc.), esp. by a vote:The bill passed Congress on the second vote.
  24. to express or pronounce, as an opinion:to pass judgment without knowing the facts.
  25. Lawto place legal title or interest in (another) by a conveyance, a will, or other transfer.
  26. (in feats of magic) to perform a pass on.
  27. Sport[Tennis.]to make a passing shot against (an opponent).
  28. Sportto transfer (the ball or puck) to a teammate.
  29. Sport[Bullfighting.](of a bullfighter) to provoke and guide the charge of (a bull) with the capa or esp. the muleta.

  1. to go or move onward;
  2. to come to or toward, then go beyond:to pass by a shop; to pass through town.
  3. to go away;
    depart:The dizzy feeling will pass in a minute.
  4. to elapse or slip by;
    be spent:The day passed very quickly for him.
  5. to come to an end:The crisis soon passed.
  6. to die.
  7. to take place;
    occur:What passed while I was on vacation?
  8. to go by or move past:The funeral procession passed slowly.
  9. to go about or circulate;
    be current.
  10. to serve as a marginally acceptable substitute:The facsimile isn't very good but it will pass.
  11. to live or be known as a member of a racial, religious, or ethnic group other than one's own, esp. to live and be known as a white person although of black ancestry.
  12. to be transferred or conveyed:The crown passed to the king's nephew.
  13. to be interchanged, as between two persons:Sharp words passed between them.
  14. to undergo transition or conversion:to pass from a solid to a liquid state.
  15. to go or get through a barrier, test, course of study, etc., successfully:Of the twenty who took the exam, only twelve passed.
  16. to go unheeded, unchallenged, or unremarked on:He decided to let the insult pass.
  17. to express or pronounce an opinion, judgment, verdict, etc. (usually fol. by on or upon):Will you pass on the authenticity of this drawing?
  18. to be voided, as excrement or a kidney stone.
  19. to obtain the vote of approval or sanction of a legislative body, official committee, or the like:The new tax bill finally passed.
  20. Law
    • (of a member of an inquest or other deliberative body) to sit (usually fol. by on or upon):to pass on a case of manslaughter.
    • to adjudicate.
    • to vest title or other legal interest in real or personal property in a new owner.
  21. to throw a ball from one person to another, as in a game of catch.
  22. Sportto make a pass, as in football or ice hockey.
  23. Games[Cards.]
    • to forgo one's opportunity to bid, play, etc.
    • to throw in one's hand.
  24. Sport[Fencing Obs.]to thrust or lunge.
  25. Idiomsbring to pass, to cause to happen;
    bring about:His wife's death brought to pass a change in his attitude toward religion.
  26. Idiomscome to pass, to occur;
    happen:Strange things came to pass.
  27. pass along or  through, to add (incurred extra costs or expenses) to the amount charged a client or customer:Airlines were passing along the sudden increase in fuel prices.
  28. pass away: 
    • to cease;
      end:All this trouble will pass away.
    • to die:He passed away during the night.
  29. pass for, to be accepted as;
    be considered:material that passed for silk.
  30. Idiomspass muster. See  muster (def. 11).
  31. pass off: 
    • to present or offer (something) under false pretenses;
      dispose of deceptively:to pass off a spurious de Kooning on a gullible buyer.
    • to cause to be accepted or received under a false identity:He passed himself off as a doctor.
    • to cease gradually;
      end:The headache passed off in the late afternoon.
    • to disregard or ignore.
    • to continue to completion;
      occur:The meeting passed off without incident.
  32. pass on, to die:The patient passed on after a long illness.
  33. pass out, [Informal.]
    • to lose consciousness;
    • to die;
      pass away.
    • to distribute, esp. individually by hand:to pass out discount coupons on a street corner.
    • to walk or march out or through;
      leave or exit by means of:The graduates will pass out the center aisle after receiving their diplomas. Pass out this door and turn left.
    • to be exempted or promoted from:Jerry passed out of freshman composition on the basis of his entering essay.
  34. pass over: 
    • to disregard;
      ignore:Just pass over the first part of his letter.
    • to fail to take notice of or consider:He was passed over for the promotion.
  35. pass up, to refuse or neglect to take advantage of;
    reject:The opportunity may not come again, so don't pass it up.

  1. an act of passing.
  2. a narrow route across a relatively low notch or depression in a mountain barrier.
  3. Geographya road, channel, or other way providing a means of passage, as through an obstructed region or other barrier.
  4. Geographya navigable channel, as at the mouth or in the delta of a river.
  5. a permission or license to pass, go, come, or enter.
  6. [Mil.]
    • Militarya military document granting the right to cross lines or to enter or leave a military or naval base or building.
    • Militarywritten authority given a soldier to leave a station or duty for a specified period of time.
  7. a free ticket or permit:two passes to a concert; a railroad pass.
  8. British Terms, Government[South African.]See  reference book (def. 2).
  9. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the act of passing a university or school examination or course without honors or distinction.
  10. Sportthe transfer of a ball or puck from one teammate to another.
  11. Sport[Baseball.]See  base on balls. 
  12. Sport[Fencing.]a thrust or lunge.
  13. a single movement, effort, maneuver, etc.:He made a pass at the control tower of the enemy airfield.
  14. Informal Terms
    • a gesture, action, or remark that is intended to be sexually inviting;
      amorous overture.
    • a jab or poke with the arm, esp. one that misses its mark.
  15. Games[Cards.]the act or statement of not bidding or raising another bid:There have been two passes and now it's your bid.
  16. (in feats of magic)
    • a passing of the hand over, along, or before anything.
    • the transference or changing of objects by or as by sleight of hand;
      a manipulation, as of a juggler.
  17. a particular stage or state of affairs:The economic situation had come to a dreadful pass.
  18. Sport[Bullfighting.]a pase.
  19. Mechanical Engineeringone passage of a tool over work or one passage of work through a machine.
  20. [Archaic.]a witty remark or thrust.
  21. Miningan opening for delivering coal or ore to a lower level underground.
passless, adj. 
  • Middle French passe (noun, nominal derivative of passer), in part noun, nominal derivative of passen
  • Vulgar Latin *passāre, derivative of Latin passus step, pace1; (noun, nominal) Middle English; in part
  • Old French passer
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English passen 1175–1225
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ignore.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excel.
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enact.
    • 32.See corresponding entry in Unabridged leave.
    • 34.See corresponding entry in Unabridged expire, cease, terminate, vanish, fade, disappear.
    • 57.See corresponding entry in Unabridged b. See  die 1.
    • 66.See corresponding entry in Unabridged saddle, col.
    • 81.See corresponding entry in Unabridged juncture, situation, condition.

  1. passenger.
  2. passim.
  3. Grammarpassive.

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