Learner's definition of PASSAGE
1 [count] : a long, narrow space that connects one place to another 2 [count] : a narrow space that people or things can move through
We squeezed through a narrow passage between the rocks.
Special ships clear passages through the ice.
The medicine makes breathing easier by opening nasal passages.
3 : an act of moving or passing from one place or state to another
They controlled the passage of goods through their territory.
He guaranteed us safe passage. [=he promised that we could safely travel through the area]
the passage of food through the digestive system
the passage of air into and out of the lungs
the passage from life to death
the passage of the seasons
He left after the passage of a few hours.
With the passage of time, the number of children suffering with the disease has decreased dramatically.
4 a : a usually short section of a book, poem, speech, etc.
b : a usually short section of a piece of music
He quoted a passage from the Bible.
The book's main theme is reflected in the following passage.
long descriptive passages
5 : an act of officially approving a bill, law, etc.
The passage [=enactment] of this law will save lives.
the passage of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
government leaders who are determined to get passage of their bills
6 a [count] : a voyage or journey usually on a boat b [noncount] : the right to travel on a boat, airplane, etc.