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Related to pass on: pass away
euphemism To die. I'm so sorry to hear that your father passed on over the weekend. When I pass on, I don't want an elaborate funeral.
pass on (something)
1. To give, transmit, transfer, or deliver something. The noun or pronoun can also be used between "pass" and "on." Please pass on the book once you're finished with it. Psst! I heard Jenny and Mike are getting back together, pass it on! I think Tommy passed on his stomach bug to me.
2. To bequeath something. The noun or pronoun can also be used between "pass" and "on." My grandfather passed his record collection on to me because he knew I loved old music.
3. To decline or refuse something. I'm sorry, but we had to pass on your application. I'm going to pass on a second helping to save some room for dessert.
pass someone on (to someone)
to send, hand, or conduct a person to someone else. I passed the baby on to the next admiring relative. She passed on the baby to her aunt.
pass something on
1. Lit. to hand or give something (to another person). Have a piece of toffee and pass the box on. Please pass on this book to the next person on the list.
2. Fig. to tell someone something; to spread news or gossip. Don't pass this on, but Bill isn't living at home any more. I refuse to pass on rumors.
pass something on
(to someone) Go to pass something down (to someone).
pass on someone or something
to accept or approve someone or something. She refused to pass on Ted, so he will not be appointed. The committee passed on the proposal, so work can now begin.
1. See pass away.
2. Transfer something, as in Sign the card and then pass it on to the others, or Grandpa passed his tools on to his favorite grandson. Also see pass the torch.
1. To transmit or convey something that one has received or acquired to someone else: My boss passed the assignment on to me.
2. To bestow something to someone, especially a younger relative: I intend to pass my wedding ring on to my granddaughter.
3. To convey some item of information that one has received or acquired to someone else: Please pass on any important information to me. I passed the news on to the neighbors.
4. To transmit some disease or sickness to someone: The child passed on the cold to the whole family. Don't go to work with a bad cold, or you'll pass it on to everyone else.
5. To give something to someone else, especially after having used or partaken of it: Could you pass the book on to me after you've read it? Take one cupcake from the tray and pass it on.
6. To die: At the age of 92, he passed on.
7. To refuse something politely; decline something: I passed on going to the movie with my friends because I was feeling sick.