passing


passing
pass|ing1 [ˈpa:sıŋ US ˈpæ-] n [U]
1.) the passing of time/the years
the process of time going by
Most of the old traditions have died out with the passing of time.
The passing of the years had done nothing to improve his temper.
2.) mention/note sth in passing
if you say something in passing, you mention it while you are mainly talking about something else
He did mention his brother's wife, but only in passing.
3.) the passing of something is the fact that it has ended
The old regime was defeated, and few people mourned its passing.
4.) the passing of a person is their death - use this when you want to avoid using the word 'death'
Nothing could fill the gap in her life left by his passing.
passing 2
passing2 adj [only before noun]
1.) going past a place or person
Michael watched the passing cars.
A passing motorist stopped to help.
2.) passing days/weeks/years etc
literary the days, weeks, years etc that pass
Her grief became less intense with the passing years.
With each passing day she grew stronger.
3.) a passing thought or feeling is short and not very serious
He had only ever shown a passing interest in sport.
4.) a passing remark is one that you make while you are talking about something else
He made only a passing reference to her achievements.

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