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A polite way to indicate that someone has died. I'm so sorry to hear that your father passed over the weekend. When I pass away, I don't want an elaborate funeral.
pass awayand pass on
Euph. to die. My aunt passed away last month. When I pass on, I won't care about the funeral.
Also, pass on or over . Die, as in He passed away last week, or After Grandma passes on we'll sell the land, or I hear he's about to pass over. All these terms are euphemisms for dying, although the verb pass alone as well as pass away have been used in the sense of "pass out of existence, die" since the 1300s. The two variants-adding on [c. 1800] and over [c. 1900]-allude to moving to some other-worldly realm.
1. To die: My grandfather passed away last year.
2. To pass out of existence; end: The years of famine passed away and were followed by years of prosperity.