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"passing" in British English

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passingnoun

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

passingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpɑː.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpæs.ɪŋ/
(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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