I. pass pass 1 [pɑːs ǁ pæs] verb
1. [transitive] if an official group passes a law, proposal etc, or it passes that group, it is accepted by them, especially by voting:

• Shareholders of Fibreboard Corp. narrowly passed a measure doubling the shares in the company's employee stock option plan.

• Congress this year will pass a bill giving banks permission to open branches nationwide.

• Legislation similar to the anti-price-fixing bill passed the Senate last month.

2. [intransitive, transitive] to succeed in an examination, test etc:

• Policyholders must pass a medical to qualify for lower insurance rates.

• How could faulty valves have passed the inspections?

3. [transitive] to give someone a piece of information, knowledge, a message etc that has been received from someone else:
pass something to/​onto etc

• The transmitters pass phone calls to and from cellular phones.

• Firms can't pass information onto third parties until it is released by the stockmarket's own news service.

pass something on/​along

• Employees were suspected of passing on confidential documents.

4. [intransitive] LAW to go officially from one person's control or ownership to someone else's:

• Sales will be recognised when title (= ownership ) passes or when the contract is signed.

pass to

• The property had passed to him after his father's death.

5. pass a dividend FINANCE to fail to pay the dividend on a share (= the part of the profit paid to shareholders) in a particular period of time, usually because of financial difficulties:

• The steelwork group is passing its final dividend after profits plunged last year.

6. [intransitive, transitive] if a particular date or time passes, or you pass it, it goes by and is in the past:

• The IRS will permit an extension of time for certain actions even after the deadline has passed.

7. pass 500/​pass the $2,000 mark etc to go above a particular amount, number or level, as a total gradually increases:

• Aluminum prices passed $1 a pound last week, a rise of 43% since March.

• Israel's population passed the six million mark in 1999.

pass something ↔ on also pass something ↔ along phrasal verb [transitive]
if a company passes on increased costs of providing products or services to its customers, it increases the prices of its products or services to pay for these costs. If the company passes on lower costs, it makes the prices of its products or services lower:
pass something ↔ on pass something on/​along to somebody

• Cable companies should pass on cost reductions to customers rather than earn fatter profit margins.

pass something ↔ off phrasal verb [transitive]
to pretend that something is more valuable than it really is in order to deceive people:
pass something ↔ off pass something off as something

• The company had passed off brand-name drugs as its own.

pass somebody over phrasal verb [transitive] JOBS
if a person in an organization is passed over for a job, someone else is given a job they were expecting to get:

• She was passed over for a key promotion after a reorganization of the London agency.

pass something through something phrasal verb [transitive]
if money passes through a bank account or someone passes it through the account, it is put in the account for only a short time before being moved to another account. Sometimes this is done as a way of hiding where money comes from:

• Evidence suggests that $400 million in drug money passed through the country's financial institutions last year.

pass up phrasal verb [transitive]
pass up a chance/​opportunity/​offer etc to not use the chance etc to do or have something when it is offered:

• You wonder, when you pass up a deal like that, whether you'll ever get one again.

• Even careful consumers are finding these bargains too good to pass up.

  [m0] II. pass pass 2 noun [countable]
a special document containing a person's name and often their photograph, showing that they are allowed to enter a particular building, travel somewhere etc:

• Simply present your Executive Club card and boarding pass (= one that allows you to get on a plane ) to receive a complimentary drink.

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pass UK US /pɑːs/ US  /pæs/ verb
[I or T] to go past something or someone or move in relation to it or them: »

I was just passing by, so I thought I'd drop in for a chat.

[T] to go past a particular point in time: »

Don't buy goods which have passed their sell-by date.

[T] to go past something by being greater in amount or degree: »

As the world's largest convenience store chain, it just passed McDonald's in the number of worldwide outlets.

pass the $1m/€100m/£10bn, etc. mark »

The company is expected to pass the $10m mark by the end of this year.

[I] if you say a situation or feeling will pass, you mean it will disappear: »

We're in a difficult economic situation, but it will pass eventually.

[I or T] to be successful in an examination, course, etc.: »

All interviewees need to pass a basic math and literacy test.

[T] to give something to someone: »

Could you pass me that file, please?

[T] if you pass money, you give someone false or stolen money without telling them: »

Police have warned businesses that someone is passing stolen checks in the area.

[I] when time passes, it goes past: »

A lot of time has passed since we opened our first store.

[T] if you pass time, you spend time doing something: »

With more people passing time in the terminal, airport officials try to make them comfortable.

[T] to give approval to something, especially by voting to make it law: »

California passed a law in September to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25%.

[I] to choose not to answer a question: pass on sth »

Asked whether he thought the FA should intervene, he replied diplomatically: 'Can I pass on this one?'

[I] to change from one condition to another: pass from sth to sth »

As new electronic gadgets fall in price, they pass from a niche product to a mass product.

pass UK US /pɑːs/ US  /pæs/ noun [C]
an official document or ticket which shows that you have the right to go somewhere or use a particular form of transport: a parking/security/visitor's pass »

Sign in at reception and they will give you a visitor's pass.

an annual/season/three-day pass »

Frequent visitors of national forests can save money by buying an annual pass.

a successful result in an examination: »

This candidate got 4 grade A passes at A-level.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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