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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
issue a passport/permit/visa etc
▪ The US State Department issues millions of passports each year.
passport control
▪ It took us ages to get through passport control.
▪ He was provided with a false passport in the name of William Goode.
▪ McMullen unlawfully entered the United States in 1978 on a false passport.
▪ He was carrying a false passport when he arrived from London but was recognised during a routine check.
▪ It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any visa which may be necessary.
▪ If you do not already hold a valid passport, application forms may be obtained from the Post Office.
▪ A valid passport is essential when you travel abroad.
▪ The U. S. Passport Office has a backlog of as many as 120, 000 passport applications, a spokeswoman estimates.
▪ It's absurd, these days, like submitting a portrait in oils with your passport application.
▪ The average turnround for a passport application in the last year has been six working days.
▪ The bustle of passport control and customs clearance over, father and daughter emerged into the pristine arrivals lounge.
▪ At the border, swastika flags fluttered from passport control and police sauntered to the car to demand identification.
▪ The Roberts were soon following the stream of passengers heading in the direction of passport control.
▪ Her cover was the passport control office.
▪ Only two passport control booths were open.
▪ Okay, so it still takes the best part of an hour to move the next ten paces past passport control.
▪ You don't have to queue up at passport control.
▪ From 1929 to 1936 he was re-employed, under the cover of passport control officer, in Rome.
▪ Then it was back to Milton Hall for Stewart and back to the passport office for Tish.
▪ The State Department, which administers the passport office, declined to comment.
▪ We must have looked so gormless; we certainly looked it in our passport photos.
▪ Out front, stuck in the lawn by the walk, was a sign announcing that he took passport photos.
▪ If you need to apply for a passport, do so at least 12 weeks before departure.
▪ She applied for a temporary passport, which involved getting a letter of reference.
▪ She couldn't apply for a passport as she was under age.
▪ He was pleased nobody had asked for his passport.
▪ The older man greeted him politely and asked to see his passport.
▪ After 45 minutes of this and two cups of tea the official asked to see my passport.
▪ What will you do if they stop you in the street and ask for your passport?
▪ Less than 70,000 Hong Kong people carry this passport.
▪ He was carrying a false passport when he arrived from London but was recognised during a routine check.
▪ Everyone must carry an internal passport, and we were always conscious of security everywhere.
▪ After checking for passports and air travel tickets we had nothing else to do but wait for our taxi.
▪ After they got their passports stamped they found themselves just inside the larger concourse of the enormous building.
▪ I've got to get his passport and take him away from here.
▪ But we can leave as soon as you get the passport and the visa.
▪ But the backlog is clearing up, especially if you get your passport by mail.
▪ Businessmen will get most passports, perhaps as much as two-thirds.
▪ In the rear, I found out that you could get a passport.
▪ Amnesty International also intervened on her behalf and only days before she was due to leave, she was given a passport.
▪ Each boxer would be given a passport that officials could readily review.
▪ There they are tricked into handing over their passports under the ruse that the men require them to process their visa applications.
▪ The officer handed him the passport with a little bow and a smile.
▪ They may even be required to hold on to your passport for a while.
▪ Its founder, Vehbi Alimucaj, holds a diplomatic passport, according to Western officials.
▪ If you do not already hold a valid passport, application forms may be obtained from the Post Office.
▪ About 400, 000 Hong Kong residents, or 8 percent of the population, hold foreign passports as protection.
▪ One of the men held the women's passports.
▪ Maze fugitive Jim Smyth, 38, was released in San Francisco after being held for passport offences.
▪ Like the committees of July 1936, they issued passports, raised local levies, licensed apothecaries.
▪ The government office had consequently delayed issuing an emigration passport.
▪ After changing his name by deed poll to Captain Beany he needed a renewed passport to match his new identity.
▪ Anyone who needs a new passport within three working days also can add a rush fee of $ 30.
▪ Joyce would need a passport, and that with the minimum of delay.
▪ If you need a passport, the time to get one is now.
▪ In October 1945 he obtained a passport.
▪ Loss of a passport up to £150 Reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses necessary to obtain a replacement passport.
▪ He had been forced to sign a co-operation agreement in order to obtain a passport, although he had never actually collaborated.
▪ It may be necessary to obtain a supplementary passport.
▪ His features relaxed and he stamped my passport.
▪ Emmett, an immigration officer at Gatwick airport, stamped the passports, giving their holders the right to enter Britain indefinitely.
▪ The woman who stamped my passport made me change money with her and she robbed me.
▪ She stamps his passport without a word.
▪ I was waved straight through the gate behind them, fanning the air with my passport.
▪ It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any visa which may be necessary.
▪ Paris was mooted but when Henrietta could not find her passport they eloped to Edinburgh.
▪ So, on the whole I am cautiously in favour of machines inspecting passports at great speed, a scheme experimentally working at Heathrow.
▪ Though made with direct flash, the resulting portrait was anything but a passport picture.
▪ What will you do if they stop you in the street and ask for your passport?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Passport \Pass"port\, n. [F. passeport, orig., a permission to leave a port or to sail into it; passer to pass + port a port, harbor. See Pass, and Port a harbor.]

  1. Permission to pass; a document given by the competent officer of a state, permitting the person therein named to pass or travel from place to place, without molestation, by land or by water.

    Caution in granting passports to Ireland.

  2. A document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter.

  3. A license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct.

  4. Figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    His passport is his innocence and grace.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, from Middle French passeport "authorization to pass through a port" to enter or leave a country (15c.), from passe, imperative of Old French passer "to pass" (see pass (v.)) + port "port" (see port (n.1)).


n. 1 An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issued. 2 (context by extension informal English) Any document that allows entry or passage. 3 (context figuratively English) Something which enables someone to do or achieve something.

  1. n. any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit" [syn: pass]

  2. a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country

  3. any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission; "her pleasant personality is already a recommendation"; "his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society" [syn: recommendation]


A passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country's government, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. Standard passports contain the holder's name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other identifying information. Passports are moving towards including biometric information in a microchip embedded in the document, making them machine-readable and difficult to counterfeit.

A passport specifies nationality, but not necessarily citizenship or the place of residence of the passport holder. A passport holder is normally entitled to enter the country that issued the passport, though some people entitled to a passport may not be full citizens with right of abode. A passport is a document certifying identity and nationality; having the document does not of itself grant any rights, such as protection by the consulate of the issuing country, although it may indicate that the holder has such rights. Some passports attest to status as a diplomat or other official, entitled to rights and privileges such as immunity from arrest or prosecution, arising from international treaties.

Many countries normally allow entry to holders of passports of other countries, sometimes requiring a visa also to be held, but this is not an automatic right. Many other additional conditions, such as not being likely to become a public charge for financial or other reasons, and the holder not having been convicted of a crime, may be applicable. Where a country does not recognise another, or is in dispute with it, it may prohibit the use of their passport for travel to that other country, or may prohibit entry to holders of that other country's passports, and sometimes to others who have, for example, visited the other country.

Some countries and international organisations issue travel documents which are not standard passports, but enable the holder to travel internationally to countries that recognise the documents. For example, stateless persons are not normally issued a national passport, but may be able to obtain a refugee travel document or the earlier " Nansen passport" which enables them to travel to countries which recognise them, and sometimes to return to the issuing country. A country may issue a passport to any person, including non-nationals.

A passport is often accepted, in its country of issue and elsewhere, as reliable proof of identity, unrelated to travel.

Passport (disambiguation)

Passport may refer to:

  • Passport, a travel document
  • A summary of qualifications, as in European Language Passport
  • Passport (band), a jazz/fusion group

Passport may also refer to:

Passport (band)

Passport is a German jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Klaus Doldinger.

Passport was initiated in 1971 as a jazz fusion experimental group, similar to American groups such as Weather Report. The ensemble's first recording was issued in 1971, and through the 1970s had a constantly revolving membership, though it continued to release albums frequently. The group is still active, recording for Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records among others.

Passport (1983 film)

Passport is a 1983 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Thampi Kannanthanam, starring Prem Nazir and Srividya in the lead role.

Passport (1990 film)

Passport is a 1990 Soviet adventure film directed by Georgiy Daneliya.

Passport (company)

Passport is a Wilmington, DE headquartered company with offices in Charlotte, NC. Passport provides an enterprise software platform for cities, transit agencies, universities, and private operators in the parking and transportation industries throughout the US and Canada. Passport’s primary applications include mobile payments for parking and mobile ticketing for transit operations. Passport pairs with municipalities and private operators to create convenient technical solutions to allow users to park, ride, and pay via a mobile phone in areas that may have previously been paid for only by cash or hardware stations.

Passport (automobile dealership)

Passport was a Canadian car dealership network owned by General Motors. It sold vehicles from Isuzu and Saab as well as its own branded Passport Optima, a Korean ( Daewoo) made badge engineered Opel Kadett E, starting in model year 1988. General Motors' Geo import brand was introduced in the United States at the same time.

The Optima was offered in either hatchback or sedan and achieved 52mpg on the highway. It was designed by European Opel and had a slew of standard features for a relatively low price. The Optima sedan made the minority of the sales, while the hatchback remains more common, however, less than 500 Optimas were registered for road use as of 2012. Sales of the Optima were extremely slow and with relatively low survival rates, the Optima is a rare sight today. Very few pictures document the existence of the Optima.

General Motors Canada changed its branding strategy in 1991, disbanding Passport (the Optima was rebadged as the Asüna SE and Asüna GT). Isuzu was grouped together with Saab and GM's new, import-fighting Saturn division to form Saturn-Saab-Isuzu dealerships.

Passport's sibling, Geo, carried on until 1998 while another GM import brand, Asüna, debuted for model year 1992 but lasted only one year.

Passport (2012 film)

Passport is a 2012 Bengali film directed by Raj Mukherjee.The film has bean music composed by Subhayu Bedajna.

Usage examples of "passport".

Full of this affair, the importance of which I exaggerated in proportion to my inexperience, I told Silvia that I wanted to accompany some English friends as far as Calais, and that she would oblige me by getting me a passport from the Duc de Gesvres.

Nonetheless, Marengo would have to go through at least one line, produce a passport and a ticket--unless Bonner had been able to get his son a boarding pass.

I only had that britzka, those two good post-horses, and above all the passport that carries them on!

I only had that britzska, those two good post-horses, and above all the passport that carries them on!

He gathered bathroom stuff together and remembered his briefcase and the file box where he kept his credit card information, the brokerage agreement, bank statements, and his passport.

Miss Mallender had left the country, she would have been obliged to show her passport and a record of her journey would therefore exist.

Government yet further limited their intercourse with the only ports of China and India which were open to them, by issuing passes to all colonial ships, the conditions of which were perfectly incompatible with the usual course of commerce, as they were required to return home directly from the port to which they were destined from Manilla, and were not at liberty to touch at, or have any intercourse with, other places than those specified in their passport.

Lo Manto and Jennifer stood close to each other, watching them hand their tickets and passports to an airline representative.

Shortly before the licence-renewal hearing he was offered a passport, hard currency and a smooth ride through life- here or in the west-if he would separate from two of the most politically outspoken band members, Pannach and Kunert.

Greece opened its doors - or the Makedonia Palace did, in exchange for their passports, with a third-floor front room that had complimentary bottles of the best retsina, twin His and Hers bathrooms and a magnificent view of the Bay.

But the threat of war between Austria and Prussia, delays in obtaining a passport, and, most important of all, a fall in the value of the ruble ruled out such a trip.

Dismissing the priest from his mind within half an hour they would have disappeared their separate ways into the forest and whatever awaited them there Sanders felt in his pocket for his passport, reminding himself not to leave it in his cabin.

Opening the passport, Sanders compared the photograph taken eight years earlier with the reflection in the mirror.

Reminded by the birth date in the passport that he had now reached the age of forty, Sanders tried to visualize himself ten years ahead, but already the latent elements that had emerged in his face during the previous years seemed to have lost momentum.

Carolinus had shrunk the sack of jewels that was his passport to a size he could swallow.