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passing

1 noun
     
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pass‧ing1 [uncountable]
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 something 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.
4MX 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.

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