The word ‘pass‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to move in a particular direction/go past or be successful.

For example:

  • I passed 12 ducklings earlier on my walk to work. (go past)
  • I didn’t pass my exam. (be successful)


Pass is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is passed.

phrasal verbs with pass

Phrasal verbs with ‘pass’ include:

  • pass around/round
    meaning – give to everyone
    example – The pizza is ready. Can you pass it around while I put another one in.
  • pass as
    meaning – pretend to be something
    example – I don’t want to pay full price. Do you think I can pass as a child?
  • pass away
    meaning – die
    example – My grandma is terminally ill, I think she is going to pass away soon.
  • pass back
    meaning – return something
    example – The teacher passed back our projects one by one and read out our results.
  • pass by
    meaning – visit briefly or miss an opportunity
    example – I was passing by your side of town, so I thought I’d stop and say hello.
  • pass down
    meaning – give something to younger generations
    example – I love passing down ghost stories about the village to my nephews and nieces.
  • pass for
    meaning – be accepted as something when it isn’t
    example – Your painting is so good, it could pass for a Van Gogh original.
  • pass off
    meaning – fool people into thinking something is genuine
    example – A guy at the market is passing off fake Rolex watches as real ones.
  • pass on
    meaning – give something to someone that was given to you
    example – My daughter has passed on her tummy bug. I won’t be at work for a few days.
  • pass out
    meaning – lose consciousness or distribute
    example – I was very nervous as the teacher passed out the exam papers.
  • pass over
    meaning – ignore/leave out
    example – We’ll pass over section 4, it’s not relevant to today’s class.
  • pass through
    meaning – visit somewhere without stopping or only stop briefly
    example – I passed through the village last night, so I stopped in Aunt Mabel’s for a cuppa.
  • pass to
    meaning – give responsibility/ ownership/ an object to someone
    example – Lilly passed the bread knife to Carly.
  • pass up
    meaning – decline an offer
    example – My sister passed up the chance to live in Italy for 6 months.

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phrasal verbs with pass

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘pass’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with pass - pass around/round
phrasal verbs with pass - pass as
phrasal verbs with pass - pass away
phrasal verbs with pass - pass back
phrasal verbs with pass - pass by
phrasal verbs with pass - pass down
phrasal verbs with pass - pass for
phrasal verbs with pass - pass off
phrasal verbs with pass - pass on
phrasal verbs with pass - pass out
phrasal verbs with pass - pass over
phrasal verbs with pass - pass through
phrasal verbs with pass - pass to
phrasal verbs with pass - pass up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with pass below.