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- (intransitive) To travel past without stopping. [from 14th c.]
- I noticed my wife pass by with a bag of shopping.
- (transitive) To travel past (something) without stopping; to ignore, to disregard. [from 14th c.]
- I had the distinct worry that happiness would pass me by.
- 1941 August, C. Hamilton Ellis, “The English Station”, in Railway Magazine, page 358:
- Though these notes have no pretensions to being a comprehensive catalogue, we cannot pass Euston by. Euston is not a typically English station.
- (intransitive) Of a period of time: to come to an end, to elapse. [from 15th c.]
- Nearly a year has passed by since I first laid eyes on him.
- (Philippines) to drop by
- (to travel past): go by; see also Thesaurus:pass by
- (to ignore): misregard; see also Thesaurus:ignore
- (to elapse): pass; see also Thesaurus:elapse
go by — see go by