Meaning: to give to or transfer possession of (from generation to generation).
E.g. "She passed the family clocks on to her daughter-in-law."
Deaf Culture and tidbits
George W. Veditz (1861-1937), then-President of the NAD (National Association of the Deaf), can be seen signing "pass on from generation to generation".
Video clip source: "The Preservation of Sign Language" (1913) film by George W. Veditz (1861-1937). Gallaudet Archive and Library of Congress.
George in his film talked about the importance of using and keeping sign language (ASL) to pass on to the next generations. This film was produced in response to the threatening extinction of sign language when sign language was forbidden in deaf schools worldwide after the infamous international "Congress of 1880 in Milan".
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