passing Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “passing” in the English Dictionary

"passing" in British English

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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 ​mainsubject 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 ​parentsseem 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 ​oldyear

passingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpɑː.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpæs.ɪŋ/

passing adjective [before noun] (GOING PAST)

moving past: A passing ​motoriststopped and gave her a ​lift to the ​nearbytown.

passing adjective [before noun] (TIME)

lasting only for a ​shorttime 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 ​scientificinterest. used to refer to a ​period of ​time that is going past: The ​situationseems to ​become more ​hopeless with each/every passing ​day.
(Definition of passing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"passing" in American English

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passingnoun [U]

 us   /ˈpæs·ɪŋ/ fml
someone’s ​death: We ​note with ​sorrow the passing of Raymond Wilson, a ​member of the ​board.
(Definition of passing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “passing”
in Chinese (Simplified) 谈话…
in Turkish geçici, kısa süren, ömrü kısa olan…
in Russian проходящий, мимолетный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 談話…
in Polish przelotny…
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