pass on


  • One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
    One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pass on transmit information "Please communicate this message to all employees","pass along the good news"
    • v pass on move forward, also in the metaphorical sense "Time marches on"
    • v pass on cause be distributed "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
    • v pass on give to or transfer possession of "She passed the family jewels on to her daughter-in-law"
    • v pass on place into the hands or custody of "hand me the spoon, please","Turn the files over to me, please","He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    • v pass on transmit (knowledge or skills) "give a secret to the Russians","leave your name and address here","impart a new skill to the students"
    • v pass on refer to another person for decision or judgment "She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess and Ribby pass on the street Dutchess and Ribby pass on the street
Iris passes on her message Iris passes on her message

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average a person passes gas 14 times a day
    • Pass on to go forward: to proceed
    • Pass on to come upon, to happen to: to give judgment or sentence upon: to practise artfully, to impose upon, to palm off
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
  • Robert Collier
    “Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves, whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.”
  • Mickey Rooney
    Mickey Rooney
    “You always pass failure on the way to success.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. passer—It. passarepassus, a step.


In literature:

The bill was passed on the 16th by a vote of 47 ayes to 37 nays, Gallatin voting in the negative.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Going forward, on the 18th they passed through Simbug, the frontier village of Ludamar.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
This seemed to amuse him mightily, for he gave way to a quiet and very peculiar laugh, which I heard as I passed on towards the ship.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
We passed each other on opposite tacks as the line-of-battle ship stood on towards the frigates.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The night passed on, and both midshipmen fell asleep.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our ranks were now fearfully thinned, yet the brave fellows passed on to the third line of defenses which was also captured.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The years passed on, and William Gale was now no longer in the infants' ward, but took his place in the boys' school.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
Firing ceased on both sides at about eight o'clock, and we passed through the woods to our left and went into park on the opposite side.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
We travelled on the flat all the time, but we passed on either side a great many low mounds of sand and gravel.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Late in the afternoon we passed on the left bank a hill 120 ft. high, belonging to a range that extended from E.S.E.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

The primrose and the violet,
That little fairy of the grass,
On sloping hill and bank were set
To show which way the spring did pass.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson
"But, sometimes, thro' her curtain'd tower,
A strange uncolour'd light was seen,
And something, of unearthly hue,
Still passed on between:
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
Branch of the sweet and early rose,
That in the purest beauty grows,
So passing sweet to smell and sight,
On whom shalt thou bestow delight?
"A Song from the Irish" by William Drennan
He passes slowly on till from the swell
And echo of the throng
A voice cries Lo! the man that strode through hell
And came out firm and strong.
"One of The Four In Song" by Alexander Anderson
Ah, Love, since then have passed away
Long years ; some things are chang'd on earth;
Men say that poet had his worth,
And twine for him the tardy bay.
"Ralph to Mary" by Amy Levy
But time passed on, and Truth grew gray,
And chided, though with gentlest art:
I loved her, though I went astray,
And almost broke her faithful heart.
"A Dream Of Life" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Which passed on a near-party-line vote last week and has been embraced by GOP presidential hopefuls.
Announces the passing on May 7th, 2012 of our father, grandfather, and devoted husband to his wife.
The proposal to increase minimum wages from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour passed on Tuesday despite heavy opposition from many local businesses.
It's nice to splurge once in a while but it you're on a budget you may want to pass on these.
The city of Red Bluff is once again giving the Tehama District Fair a free pass on a monthly water meter fee and this time it's putting it in writing.
It's the largest infrastructure project that the city of Bend has undertaken, a surface water project to replace aging pipeline and spend more than $70 million in the process, a cost to be passed on to ratepayers.
The 39-year-old actor has a cold that he doesn't want to pass on to his 6-week-old baby son, Noah.
Jameill Showers threw two long touchdown passes on Saturday in Texas A&M's first Maroon & White game under new coach Kevin Sumlin.
Kevin Durant Will Pass On 3-Point Contest.
Nikki talks to Doctor Veronica Bingamon, who is an Associate at ABQ Pet Care Hospital, about the infectious diseases that can be passed on from animals to humans, and vice versa, called " Zoonosis ".
Get your tickets at or enter and win tickets and backstage passes on the KNUE Gold Rush Facebook page.
Hybrid self-publisher passes on e-books, even (most) bookstores.
Some companies say increase will be passed on to customers.
A small portion of anemias can be passed on to children at birth, namely thalassemias and sickle cell anemia .
Normally when I see a lake along the Tucannon River drainage without any anglers , I pass on by.

In science:

We pass to a construction of local coordinates on a Sasakian manifold (S , (ξ , η , φ, g )).
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
It consists of one method only, Trigger() yielding a 0 or a 1 depending, on whether the cut was passed or not.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The adaptive random walk can be used as an efficient message-passing algorithm on this class of graphs for large degree of rewiring.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
These properties are relevant for the relaxation of the graph and message passing to a given distance in hierarchy on the graph, respectively.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
The plane on the left is almost completely noise free; all recorded hits were due to electrons passing through the plane.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction