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From French passeport, from passer (pass) +‎ port (port). Compare portpass. Equivalent to pass +‎ port.



passport (plural passports)

  1. An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issued.
    You will have to bring your passport to prove who you are.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 17, in Crime out of Mind[1]:
      Dagobert gave him back his passport. He re-pocketed it indifferently; a talisman which had lost its potency.
  2. (by extension, informal) Any document that allows entry or passage.
  3. (figuratively) Something which enables someone to do or achieve something.
    The tenor's voice was his passport to the international concert circuit.

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  • Hindi: पासपोर्ट (pāsporṭ)
  • Urdu: پاسپورٹ



passport (third-person singular simple present passports, present participle passporting, simple past and past participle passported)

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    • 2002, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords, The Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).: House of Lords official report:
      Did we not pass an Act last year which passported the money directly through to the schools and gave local authorities very little discretion?
    • 2019, Federico Fabbrini, Marco Ventoruzzo, Research Handbook on EU Economic Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, →ISBN, page 508:
      Also, in this context, rules are different in relation to passporting the asset managers' activities, or the product []

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