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passing

noun uk   /ˈpɑː.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpæs.ɪŋ/

passing noun (CONVERSATION)

in passing If something is said in passing, it is said while talking about something else and is not the main subject of a conversation: When asked if he had told the police about the incident, Mr Banks said he had mentioned it in passing to a detective.

passing noun (TIME)

the passing of time/the years the process of time passing: My parents seem to have mellowed with the passing of the years. [S] the death or end of someone or something: Ten years after her death, the public still mourns her passing. the passing of the old year

passing

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈpɑː.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpæs.ɪŋ/

passing adjective [before noun] (GOING PAST)

moving past: A passing motorist stopped and gave her a lift to the nearby town.

passing adjective [before noun] (TIME)

lasting only for a short time and not important or complete: I gave the restaurant a passing glance as I walked by, but I didn't notice who was in there. The matter is only of passing scientific interest. used to refer to a period of time that is going past: The situation seems to become more hopeless with each/every passing day.
Translations of “passing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 談話…
in Russian проходящий, мимолетный…
in Turkish geçici, kısa süren, ömrü kısa olan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谈话…
in Polish przelotny…
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