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passing

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noun pass·ing \ ˈpa-siŋ \

Definition of passing

:the act of one that passes or causes to pass; especially :death 1a
in passing
:by the way :incidentally

Examples of passing in a Sentence

  1. After her husband's passing, she moved to a smaller house.

  2. We all mourned his passing.

Recent Examples of passing from the Web

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First Known Use of passing

14th century


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passing

adjective

Definition of passing

1 :going by or past
  • a passing pedestrian
2 :having a brief duration
  • a passing whim
3 obsolete :surpassing
4 :superficial
  • a passing acquaintance
  • a passing resemblance
5 a :of, relating to, or used in or for the act or process of passing
  • passing lanes
b :given on satisfactory completion of an examination or course of study
  • a passing grade

Examples of passing in a Sentence

  1. Someone called out from a passing car.

  2. She sells flowers to passing motorists.

  3. Let's hope that these shoes are just a passing fad.

  4. a passing phase in childhood

Recent Examples of passing from the Web

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First Known Use of passing

14th century


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passing

adverb

Definition of passing

:to a surpassing degree :exceedingly
  • passing strange

Examples of passing in a Sentence

  1. a passing strange turn of events

First Known Use of passing

14th century



PASSING Defined for English Language Learners

passing

play
noun

Definition of passing for English Language Learners

  • : the act of moving toward and beyond something

  • : a person's death

  • : the act of officially approving a bill, law, etc.


passing

adjective

Definition of passing for English Language Learners

  • : moving past someone or something

  • —used to talk about time that is going past

  • : lasting for only a short time


PASSING Defined for Kids

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passing

play
adjective pass·ing \ ˈpa-siŋ \

Definition of passing for Students

1 :going by or past
  • passing cars
2 :lasting only for a short time
  • a passing fad
3 :showing haste or lack of attention
  • a passing glance
4 :used for going past
  • passing lanes
5 :showing satisfactory work in a test or course of study
  • a passing mark

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passing

noun

Definition of passing for Students

1 :the act of going by or going away
  • We await the passing of winter.
2 :death 1


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