There are 2 translations of pass in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /pæs; pɑːs/


  • 1 countable/numerable (document, permit) pase (m); (ticket) abono (m) bus/rail pass abono de autobús/tren press pass pase de prensa 24-hour pass [Military/Militar] permiso (masculine) de 24 horas
  • 2 countable/numerable (in hills, mountains) [Geography/Geografía] paso (masculine) mountain pass paso or puerto (m) de montaña (narrow) desfiladero (m) to sell the pass traicionar a la causa
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    • Beware of what appear to be shortcuts on maps - these often turn out to be unpaved roads or mountain passes.
    • By late afternoon they had reached the valley of the mountain pass and the south road.
    • The mountain pass is a difficult road to travel and it appears as though you are not apothecaries or wandering salesmen.
  • 3 countable/numerable (in test, examination) (British English/inglés británico) aprobado (masculine) to get a pass sacar* un aprobado (before noun/delante del nombre) a pass mark un aprobado what's the pass mark? ¿cuál es la nota mínima para aprobar? pass rate porcentaje (masculine) de aprobados
  • 4 countable/numerable [Sport/Deporte] pase (masculine) to make a pass hacer* un pase
  • 6 (state of affairs) (no plural/sin plural) things had reached such a pass that … las cosas habían llegado a tal extremo que … things have come to a pretty pass hay que ver a dónde hemos llegado

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Word of the day pegado
su casa está pegada a la mía = her house is right next to mine …
Cultural fact of the day

In Spain, a privately owned school that receives no government funds is called a colegio privado. Parents pay monthly fees. Colegios privados cover all stages of primary and secondary education.

There are 2 translations of pass in Spanish:



  • 1 1.1 (go by, past) [shop/house] pasar por you'll pass the station on your left vas a pasar por la estación, a mano izquierda I passed him in the street this morning esta mañana me crucé con él en la calle she passed me without saying a word pasó de largo por mi lado sin decirme una palabra not a drop has passed my lips no he bebido ni gota 1.2 (overtake) pasar, adelantar, rebasar (Mexico/México) he'll try to pass us on this bend nos va a querer pasar or (se) nos va a querer adelantar en esta curva
  • 2 2.1 (cross, go beyond) [limit] pasar; [frontier] pasar, cruzar* 2.2 (surpass) sobrepasar
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    • A shiver passed along her body.
    • You travel along the coast and have some great views of the scenery, passing through several towns along the way.
    • Geoff said people will get the best view at about midnight each night when Mars passes directly overhead.
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    • Whenever I pass the old drive-in cinema south of the Heavitree Gap, I get a melancholy feeling.
    • All drivers have to do to pass each other safely is to stay on their side of the road.
    • We passed the Greenbank station and went down to the railroads shops just a mile or two down the road.
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    • Changes in the market started way back when the Nasdaq passed its peak last year.
    • At some point the limit of acceptable risk has been passed.
    • On the plus side the group has already passed its peak capital investment on the network.
  • 3 3.1 (convey, hand over) to pass sb sth, to pass sth to sb pasarle algo a algn pass (me) the sugar, please ¿me pasas el azúcar, por favor? pass me up the hammer pásame or alcánzame el martillo the document was passed around the table el documento circuló por la mesa they passed the buckets along the line pasaron los baldes de mano en mano a lo largo de la fila your papers have been passed to me me han pasado tus papeles 3.2 [Sport/Deporte] [ball/puck] pasar
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    • Everybody wants to dunk and showboat, but few can make free throws or pass the ball.
    • But Todd was disappointed with only a point and felt his side should have passed the ball a lot better.
    • The game starts and the ball is passed from player to player.
    3.3 [Law/Derecho] [forged banknotes] pasar
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    • One of my earlier cases was investigating a bad cheque that had been passed at a local merchant.
    • When the FBI grabs him for passing counterfeit money, he cuts a deal.
    • She was given community service after admitting passing counterfeit currency.
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    • In our system of government, he said, the legislature passes laws and then the executive interprets them.
    • Laws are passed with retrospective effect, late at night with bipartisan support and virtually no debate.
    • Laws are passed by legislatures on the basis of necessity, rather than morality.
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    • If you're fed up paying too much for petrol, please pass this message on.
    • Will you please pass the salt, I don't think these French fries were salted.
    • Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may be interested.
  • 4 (move) pasar she passed the cloth over the table pasó el trapo por la mesa pass a warm iron over it pásale una plancha tibia he passed his hand across his face se pasó la mano por la cara
  • 5 (spend) [time] pasar to pass the time (away) pasar el rato we played cards to pass the time jugamos a las cartas para pasar el rato to pass the time of day with sb intercambiar algunas palabras con algn they passed many a happy hour there pasaron muchas horas felices allí
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    • The villagers pass the long winter nights by listening to stories.
    • Without television, radio, or books, the bath was one way to pass the cold winter days.
    • When I was awake I passed the time by munching on bags of sweets.
  • 6 6.1 (succeed in) [exam/test] aprobar*, salvar (Uruguay) all our products have to pass a rigorous inspection todos nuestros productos son sometidos a una rigurosa inspección it passes all the safety requirements cumple con todos los requisitos de seguridad 6.2 (approve) [candidate/work] aprobar* he was passed fit for military service fue declarado apto para el servicio militar
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    • I have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and they have passed me fit to box.
    • In fact, if he is passed fit to play following his ankle ligament injury, he will suffer from a serious lack of match fitness.
    • He was passed fit to ride by the doctor on Saturday morning.
    6.3 [law/measure/motion] aprobar* 6.4 (be approved by) pasar that scene will never pass the censor esa escena de ninguna manera va a pasar la censura
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    • There is an intense pressure on them to be successful - to pass exams and tests.
    • Applicants must pass a written test.
    • Every two years they have to take a refresher course and pass the test.
  • 7 (utter) [comment/remark] hacer*; [opinion] expresar to pass sentence dictar sentencia, fallar
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    • The judicial decision must be made before sentence is passed and the decision must be made obvious by the judge.
    • The Court also declared that only a member of the judiciary could pass a sentence and that this was out of the remit of the Home Secretary.
    • On that day the Crown invited the court to proceed to pass sentence on both defendants, and to postpone the determination of a confiscation order.
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    • Everyone thought they had the right to pass comment and judgement on her.
    • Justine said that when in company some people had passed remarks such as: ‘Have you tried to kill yourself?’
    • They were young guys themselves and they kept passing comments.
  • 8 [Medicine/Medicina] [kidney stone] expulsar to pass water orinar to pass wind expulsar or expeler ventosidad [formal], tirarse un pedo [colloquial/familiar] he passed blood in his urine orinó con sangre
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    • Men may have a discharge, pain on passing urine or painful testicles.
    • This is simply to help relax the muscles - no urine will actually be passed.
    • Catheters are thin flexible tubes which are inserted into the bladder to allow urine to be passed.


  • 1 (move, travel) pasar pass along the car, please córranse or pasen adelante, por favor many letters passed between them se intercambiaron muchas cartas the bus passes by/in front of our house el autobús pasa por casa/por la puerta de casa the liquid passes down the tube el líquido baja por el tubo he passed into a coma entró or cayó en coma the word has passed into everyday usage la palabra ha pasado al uso común her name passed into history/oblivion su nombre pasó a la historia/fue relegado al olvido spring passed into summer [literary/literario] la primavera dejó paso al verano [literary/literario] we watched until he passed out of sight nos quedamos mirando hasta que lo perdimos de vista we are now passing over Washington estamos sobrevolando Washington the rope passes through this ring la cuerda pasa por esta anilla the car has passed through many hands el coche ha pasado por muchas manos the book passed through several editions hubo varias ediciones del libro the thought passed through my mind la idea (se) me pasó por la cabeza the road passes under a bridge la carretera pasa por debajo de un puente
  • 2 2.1 (go, move past) pasar I was just passing pasaba por aquí they passed on the stairs se cruzaron en la escalera they shall not pass ¡no pasarán! his mistake passed unnoticed su error pasó desapercibido it was a stupid remark, but let it pass fue un comentario estúpido pero dejémoslo correr or no hagamos caso I can't let that pass eso no lo puedo consentir 2.2 (overtake) adelantarse, rebasar (Mexico/México) let him pass deja que se adelante or que nos pase no passing (American English/inglés norteamericano) prohibido adelantar or (Mexico/México) rebasar
  • 4 (be transferred) [title/estate/crown] pasar to pass to sb pasar a algn
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    • As Mrs Bennet complained, it was cruel for the estate to pass to a Mr Collins ‘whom nobody cared about’.
    • Both landlord and tenant have legal estates which may pass to others on sale, by way of gift or under the rules of testate or intestate succession.
    • It is well known that cells from the blood of the foetus can pass to the mother during pregnancy.
  • 5 5.1 (elapse) [time] pasar, transcurrir [formal] time passed pasó el tiempo many years passed pasaron or [formal] transcurrieron muchos años 5.2 (disappear) [feeling/pain] pasarse lie down until it passes acuéstate hasta que se te pase
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    • The issue has waited until well after electoral danger has passed before emerging.
    • They holed themselves up until the danger had passed.
    • Remember that half-hardy and tender plants should not be planted out until all danger of frost has passed.
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    • After my father passed away, my sisters got married, but I told my mother I didn't want to get married so soon.
    • Life was difficult after her father passed away in 1946 and eventually the family farm was sold.
    • Sadly, my father, Roy, passed away in August 2001 after a two-year battle with cancer.
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    • A moment of silence passed and he slowly lowered his arm, as if he had thought better of it.
    • The weeks passed slowly, but I never had a moments rest to think about anything.
    • The evening passes agonisingly slowly.
  • 7 7.1 (be acceptable) pasar it's not brilliant, but it'll pass [colloquial/familiar] una maravilla no es, pero pasa that may pass in the country, but it won't here eso estará bien en el campo, pero aquí no to pass as sth pasar por algo 7.2 (in an exam) aprobar*, pasar, salvar (Uruguay) 7.3 (be approved) [bill/motion] ser* aprobado
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    • That plan passed the Senate but died in the House as lawmakers wrapped up work to adjourn for the year.
    • While the voucher scheme did not pass Congress, the testing proposals passed both the House and the Senate.
    • The bill was removed from the legislature's schedule, together with other bills that failed to pass committee review.
  • 8 (decline chance to play) pasar; (as interjection/como interjección) ¡paso! I'll pass on the dessert, thanks no voy a tomar postre or [colloquial/familiar] voy a pasar del postre, gracias
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    • Thank you for the offer, but I think I'd better pass.
    • I had three opportunities to sell, all of which I passed on because I thought something bigger and better was coming.
    • We passed on a sweet and ordered a second bottle of fizz instead.
  • 9 (rule) (American English/inglés norteamericano) to pass on sth pronunciarse sobre algo

Phrasal verbs

pass away

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [formal, euphemistic/formal, eufemístico]
1.1 (die) fallecer* [formal] 1.2 (cease to exist) desaparecer*

pass by

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (go past) [person] pasar people passing by in the street la gente que pasaba por la calle we were just passing by pasábamos por aquí 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (not affect) time had passed the village by el tiempo no había pasado por el pueblo the economic recovery is passing this region by esta región permanece al margen de la reactivación de la economía he felt life had passed him by sentía que no había vivido don't let love pass you by no permitas que el amor te deje de lado

pass down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (often passive/frecuentemente en voz pasiva)
[heirloom] pasar; [story/tradition] transmitir a formula passed down from generation to generation una fórmula que ha ido pasando de generación en generación this watch has been passed down to me through three generations este reloj lo he heredado a través de tres generaciones

pass for

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
pasar por she could pass for a woman of 30 podría pasar por una mujer de 30 años

pass off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (take place) the march passed off without incident la marcha transcurrió or se llevó a cabo or se desarrolló sin incidentes the celebrations passed off very well los festejos estuvieron muy bien 1.2 (cease) [pain/depression] pasarse, quitarse, irse* the headache passed off se le ( or me etc) pasó or quitó el dolor de cabeza, se le ( or me etc) fue el dolor de cabeza 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (represent falsely) hacer* pasar he tried to pass it off as a genuine Dalí trató de hacerlo pasar por un Dalí auténtico she passed herself off as a journalist se hizo pasar por periodista 2.2 (brush aside) he passed it off as a bout of indigestion le quitó importancia diciendo que no era más que una indigestión she tried to pass off the entire episode as a coincidence quiso dar la impresión de que todo había sido una simple casualidad

pass on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (transmit) [information] pasar, dar*; [infection] contagiar, pegar* [colloquial/familiar] he must have passed on my name and address tiene que haberles pasado or dado mi nombre y dirección the costs are passed on to the customer los costos los paga el cliente, los costos se repercuten en or sobre el cliente we pass these savings on to you! (in advert) ¡usted se beneficia de estos ahorros! would you pass the word on to the others? ¿les podrías avisar a los demás? I don't want to pass my cold on to you no te quiero contagiar or [colloquial/familiar] pegar el resfriado 1.2 (put in contact with)to pass sb on to sb I'll pass you on to my colleague (on the phone) le paso or (in Spain also/en España también) le pongo or (in Southern Cone also/en Cono Sur también) le doy con mi compañero pass him on to me pásamelo a mí 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1to pass on to sth pasar a algo we pass on to the third item on the agenda pasamos al tercer punto del orden del día 2.2pass away

pass out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (become unconscious) desmayarse, perder* el conocimiento I must have passed out debo (de) haberme desmayado, debo (de) haber perdido el conocimiento I nearly passed out with fright casi me desmayé del susto 1.2 (graduate) (British English/inglés británico) [cadet] graduarse* 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (distribute) repartir

pass over

verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (omit) [fact/detail] pasar por alto you've passed over one very important fact has pasado por alto algo muy importante 1.2 (overlook) [remark/behavior] pasar por alto, dejar pasar 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (disregard for promotion) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) pasarle por encima a he's been passed over three times now ya le han pasado por encima tres veces, ya van tres veces que ascienden a otros pasando por encima de él 1.2pass away

pass through

1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio pasar we're just passing through estamos solo de paso 1.2verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento [town/area] pasar por 1.1verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento (experience) [period/phase] pasar por

pass up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[colloquial/familiar] [opportunity] dejar pasar, desperdiciar

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Word of the day pegado
su casa está pegada a la mía = her house is right next to mine …
Cultural fact of the day

In Spain, a privately owned school that receives no government funds is called a colegio privado. Parents pay monthly fees. Colegios privados cover all stages of primary and secondary education.