pass verb

1 of time

ADV. quickly, soon The time passed quickly. | slowly | peacefully, uneventfully The days passed uneventfully.

VERB + PASS help (to) We played games to help pass the time.

2 law

ADV. unanimously

PREP. by … to … The bill was passed by 360 votes to 280.

4 happen

ADV. peacefully | off The demonstration passed off peacefully.

VERB + PASS come to (formal or old-fashioned) I wondered how it came to pass that a thinking man bore the prejudices of his unthinking parents. | let sth I don't like it, but I'll let it pass (= will not object).

PREP. between They'll never be friends again after all that has passed between them.

PHRASES pass unnoticed In the confusion her departure passed unnoticed.