pass the time / spend time

Use spend time to talk about the time you do an activity:

  • I pass spend a lot of time reading.
  • We passed spent an hour discussing the best way to finish the project.

    The expression pass the time is different – it means doing something to make the time pass faster while you are waiting for something else:

  • I look at the magazines to pass the time while waiting for my appointment at the dentist’s office.