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As a verb, to utter or pronounce, as when the court passes sentence upon a prisoner. Also to proceed; to be rendered or given, as when judgment is said to pass for the plaintiff in a suit.

In legislative parlance, a bill or resolution is said to pass when it is agreed to or enacted by the house, or when the body has sanctioned its adoption by the requisite majority of votes; in the same circumstances, the body is said to pass the bill or motion.

When an auditor appointed to examine any accounts certifies to their correctness, she is said to pass them; i.e., they pass through the examination without being detained or sent back for inaccuracy or imperfection.

The term also means to examine anything and then authoritatively determine the disputed questions that it involves. In this sense a jury is said to pass upon the rights or issues in litigation before them.

In the language of conveyancing, the term means to move from one person to another; i.e. to be transferred or conveyed from one owner to another.

To publish; utter; transfer; circulate; impose fraudulently. This is the meaning of the word when referring to the offense of passing counterfeit money or a forged paper.

As a noun, permission to pass; a license to go or come; a certificate, emanating from authority, wherein it is declared that a designated person is permitted to go beyond certain boundaries that, without such authority, he could not lawfully pass. Also a ticket issued by a railroad or other transportation company, authorizing a designated person to travel free on its lines, between certain points or for a limited time.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PASS. In the slave states this word signifies a certificate given by the master or mistress to a slave, in which it is stated that he is permitted to leave his home, with the authority of his master or mistress. The paper on which such certificate is written is also called a pass.

PASS, practice. To be given, or entered; to proceed; as, let the judgment pass for the plaintiff.

TO PASS. To accomplish, to complete, to decide.
     2. The title to goods passes by the sale whenever the parties have agreed upon the sale and the price, and nothing remains to be done to complete the agreement. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 939.
     3. When a jury decide upon the rights of the parties, which are in issue, they are said to pass upon them.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Prior to 2011 only 16-20 per cent of school pass outs were entering University.
Chairman TEVTA, Irfan Qaiser said while talking to media, TEVTA placement cell is the body responsible to arrange job opportunities for TEVTA graduates and foster the industrial linkages for better career prospects of the pass outs".
Educational qualifications As per the data, out of 3,523 persons who were recruited during this period, 476 had degrees below high school level, 594 were high school pass outs or equivalent, 594 were diploma holders, 1,382 had bachelor degrees and 477 had higher educational qualifications.
This may be attributed to the fact that most of BSc pass outs eventually join engineering or medicine, thus never entering into MSc level.
It's written by her other daughter Jess, in her spare time between forging her mum's signatures on Pass Outs for other pupils.
Many recent intermediate-level pass outs have asked me time and again whether 'social work' is a good education choice and what impact this line of work will have in their future.
Our past experiences have proved that pass outs from MBA institutes are not fit for the profile," said Parimit Sen, senior manager in the human resource department of HDFC.
"Having gained a fair amount of proficiency we went to our first real dance on a Saturday evening at the Dawson Hall in Waverly Road, Small Heath, run by Mr Bert Pierce (he allowed no pass outs) with Bill Paintin's Band.
We dragged a couple of our children with us, in order to secure our weekend pass outs. The sun shone throughout.
Todd Swank personally presided over the armed guards and the stringent credentialing process for this self-proclaimed "undermining of the ultra establishment." Once in there was free liquor, skating, female nudity, undercover pigs, catered food, product, pass outs and assorted other variations of genuine frolic.