Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to disappear; to die; to vanish.
  • transitive v. to spend; to waste.

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Examples

  • Of his overthrow they had both promise and prophecy; but as yet he seemed too tyrannously strong to pass away into a transitory sleep.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

  • While he waited he returned to the beautiful sitting room and ate several of the red-cheeked apples to pass away the time.

    Love Letters

  • Now about this time, as Josephus mentions, [89] Herod was troubled by a prophecy that the power was about to pass away from him and from his family; and the Pharisees, from favor to the wife of Pheroras (who promised to pay their fine), predicted that the succession would come to her and her children.

    Was Christ Born in Bethlehem?

  • At all events, Caesar became interested in the scenes and enjoyments of Nicomedes's court, and allowed the time to pass away without forming any plans for returning to Rome.

    History of Julius Caesar

  • Nay the Ladies might have matter not unworthy their observation, soe subject for conversation, within their own compass in each county to which they relate, and thence studdy now to be serviceable to their neighbours especially the poor among whome they dwell, which would spare them the uneasye thoughts how to pass away tedious dayes, and tyme would not be a burthen when not at a card or dice table, and the ffashions and manners of fforeign parts less minded or desired.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

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