how to pronounce pass


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pass is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of pass in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… how she was able to pass this law um and …”

meanings of pass


  1. To transcend; to surpass; to excel; to exceed.
  2. To elapse, to be spent.
  3. To be tolerated as a substitute for something else, to "do".
  4. To depart, to cease, to come to an end.
  5. To live through; to have experience of; to undergo; to suffer.
  6. To go beyond bounds; to surpass; to be in excess.
  7. To spend.
  8. To make a movement.
  9. To refrain from doing something.
  10. To go past, by, over, or through; to proceed from one side to the other of; to move past.
  11. To progress from one state to another; to advance.
  12. To be conveyed or transferred by will, deed, or other instrument of conveyance.
  13. To cause to obtain entrance, admission, or conveyance.
  14. To move through time.
  15. To do or be better.
  16. To change from one state to another (without the implication of progression).
  17. To decline something that is offered or available.
  18. To eliminate (something) from the body by natural processes.
  19. To decline or not attempt to answer a question.
  20. To put through a sieve.
  21. To be accepted by others as a member of a race, sex or other group to which they would not otherwise regard one as belonging (or belonging fully, without qualifier); especially to live and be known as white although one has black ancestry, or to live and be known as female although one was assigned male or vice versa.
  22. In euchre, to decline to make the trump.
  23. To move or be moved from one place to another.
  24. To change in state or status.
  25. In turn-based games, to decline to play in one's turn.
  26. To happen.
  27. To go from one person to another.
  28. To cause to advance by stages of progress; to carry on with success through an ordeal, examination, or action; specifically, to give legal or official sanction to; to ratify; to enact; to approve as valid and just.
  29. To advance through all the steps or stages necessary to become valid or effective; to obtain the formal sanction of (a legislative body).
  30. To take heed.
  31. To put in circulation; to give currency to.
  32. To go by without noticing; to omit attention to; to take no note of; to disregard.
  33. To take a turn with (a line, gasket, etc.), as around a sail in furling, and make secure.
  34. To change place.
  35. To proceed without hindrance or opposition.
  36. To die.
  37. To make a judgment on or upon a person or case.
  38. To utter; to pronounce; to pledge.
  39. To be accepted.
  40. To continue.
  41. To achieve a successful outcome from.
  42. To cause to move or go; to send; to transfer from one person, place, or condition to another.


  1. The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another.
  2. Success in an examination or similar test.
  3. An intentional walk.
  4. An act of declining to play one's turn in a game, often by saying the word "pass".
  5. An attempt.
  6. A thrust; a sally of wit.
  7. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier such as a mountain range; a passageway; a defile; a ford.
  8. A sexual advance.
  9. A run through a document as part of a translation, compilation or reformatting process.
  10. A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake it.
  11. A channel connecting a river or body of water to the sea, for example at the mouth (delta) of a river.
  12. A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary.
  13. A single passage of a tool over something, or of something over a tool.
  14. The area in a restaurant kitchen where the finished dishes are passed from the chefs to the waiting staff.
  15. A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission.
  16. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come.
  17. Initialism of positive alternative to school suspension.
  18. A password (especially one for a restricted-access website).
  19. The state of things; condition; predicament; impasse.
  20. A part, a division. Compare passus.
  21. A single movement, especially of a hand, at, over, or along anything.
  22. Estimation; character.
  23. The act of overtaking; an overtaking manoeuvre.


  1. A surname​.

pass frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word pass occurs in english on average 91.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics pass can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that pass can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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