Definition of Pass on

1. Verb. Place into the hands or custody of. "They pass on the parcel to their parents"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

2. Verb. Transmit (knowledge or skills). "They won't pass on the story "; "Impart a new skill to the students"
Exact synonyms: Give, Impart, Leave
Specialized synonyms: Convey
Generic synonyms: Tell
Related verbs: Bequeath, Leave, Will, Give
Derivative terms: Giving, Impartation, Imparting

3. Verb. Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense. "The water pass ons "; "Time marches on"

4. Verb. Give to or transfer possession of. "She passed the family jewels on to her daughter-in-law"
Generic synonyms: Bequeath, Leave, Will
Specialized synonyms: Propagate, Hand Down

5. Verb. Refer to another person for decision or judgment. "She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Relegate, Submit
Generic synonyms: Subject, Submit
Derivative terms: Relegating, Relegation

6. Verb. Cause be distributed. "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
Exact synonyms: Circulate, Distribute, Pass Around
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Send Around, Utter, Scatter, Spread, Spread Out
Derivative terms: Circular, Circulation, Circulation, Circulation

7. Verb. Transmit information. "They pass on the information to them"; "Pass along the good news"

Definition of Pass on

1. Verb. To convey or communicate. ¹

2. Verb. To skip or decline. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic euphemistic) To die. ¹

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Literary usage of Pass on

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1. Southern Literary Messenger (1849)
"pass on sweet one ! Were I as thou my thoughts would not be now in trembling ... pass on dear one ! Thy heart is white and pure. No misty sophistries thy ..."

2. Journal of Education by Nova Scotia Dept. of Education (1908)
"(7) The "High School Pass" admits to the corresponding class in the Provincial Normal College, whose faculty can raise it to the "Teachers' Pass" on ..."

3. The American Year Book by Simon Newton Dexter North, Francis Graham Wickware, Albert Bushnell Hart (1917)
"He was 20 miles south of the frontier at Roter Turm and 25 at the Vulcan Pass. On the 18th he began a steady advance south of ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"We are clear that the Jury to whom the case was submitted on appeal had no right to pass on any question save that relating to the amount of compensation to ..."

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