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passing

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 4)

lasting only for a short time
  • his parents were willing to buy him a piano if he demonstrated that his interest in music was more than a passing fancy

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passing

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of passing (Entry 2 of 4)

to a great degree
  • a passing strange turn of events

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passing

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of passing (Entry 3 of 4)

the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
  • the precise moment of his passing was recorded by the machines at his bedside

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passing

verb
present participle of pass

Synonyms & Antonyms of passing (Entry 4 of 4)

1 to shift possession of (something) from one person to another
  • could you please pass me the phone?

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4 to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action
  • Congress cannot pass any law restricting free speech

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5 to take place
  • and the destruction of the town came to pass, just as the seer had predicted

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6 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • a presidential candidate who doesn't yet know how it feels to pass the scrutiny of the national press

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9 to withstand scrutiny and gain acceptance or approval
  • the finished product isn't perfect, but it will pass

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“Passing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/passing. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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