"passing" in the noun sense
1. pass, passing play, passing game, passing
American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
"the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
2. passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release
euphemistic expressions for death
"thousands mourned his passing"
3. passing, passage
the motion of one object relative to another
"stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
the end of something
"the passing of winter"
5. passage, passing
a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
"the passage of air from the lungs"
"the passing of flatus"
6. passing, overtaking
going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it
"she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me"
7. passing, pass, qualifying
success in satisfying a test or requirement
"his future depended on his passing that test"
"he got a pass in introductory chemistry"
"passing" in the verb sense
go across or through
"We passed the point where the police car had parked"
"A terrible thought went through his mind"
2. travel by, pass by, surpass, go past, go by, pass
"A black limousine passed by when she looked out the window"
"He passed his professor in the hall"
"One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
3. legislate, pass
make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
"They passed the amendment"
"We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"
4. elapse, lapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along
"three years elapsed"
5. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give
place into the hands or custody of
"hand me the spoon, please"
"Turn the files over to me, please"
"He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
6. run, go, pass, lead, extend
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
"Service runs all the way to Cranbury"
"His knowledge doesn't go very far"
"My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"
"The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
7. pass, overtake, overhaul
"The sports car passed all the trucks"
8. happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place
come to pass
"What is happening?"
"The meeting took place off without an incidence"
"Nothing occurred that seemed important"
9. pass, clear
go unchallenged be approved
"The bill cleared the House"
10. spend, pass
use up a period of time in a specific way
"how are you spending your summer vacation?"
11. guide, run, draw, pass
pass over, across, or through
"He ran his eyes over her body"
"She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"
"He drew her hair through his fingers"
12. communicate, pass on, pass, pass along, put across
"Please communicate this message to all employees"
"pass along the good news"
13. evanesce, fade, blow over, pass off, fleet, pass
"The pain eventually passed off"
14. pass, make it
go successfully through a test or a selection process
"She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
15. exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top
be superior or better than some standard
"She exceeded our expectations"
"She topped her performance of last year"
accept or judge as acceptable
"The teacher passed the student although he was weak"
allow to go without comment or censure
"the insult passed as if unnoticed"
transfer to another of rights or property
"Our house passed under his official control"
19. sink, pass, lapse
pass into a specified state or condition
"He sank into nirvana"
throw (a ball) to another player
21. fall, return, pass, devolve
be inherited by
"The estate fell to my sister"
"The land returned to the family"
"The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
22. pass, make pass
cause to pass
"She passed around the plates"
23. authorize, authorise, pass, clear
grant authorization or clearance for
"Clear the manuscript for publication"
"The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
24. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
"She died from cancer"
"The children perished in the fire"
"The patient went peacefully"
"The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
25. excrete, egest, eliminate, pass
eliminate from the body
"Pass a kidney stone"
"passing" in the adjective sense
1. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious
lasting a very short time
"the ephemeral joys of childhood"
"a passing fancy"
"youth's transient beauty"
"love is transitory but it is eternal"
2. passing, pass
of advancing the ball by throwing it
"a team with a good passing attack"
"a pass play"
allowing you to pass (e.g., an examination or inspection) satisfactorily
"a passing grade"
4. casual, cursory, passing, perfunctory, superficial
hasty and without attention to detail not thorough
"a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"
"a passing glance"
"In his paper, he showed a very superficial understanding of psychoanalytic theory"
"passing" in the adverb sense
1. surpassingly, passing
to an extraordinary degree
"she was a surpassingly beautiful woman"
"I will mention only one particular aspect of the current mess because ... this one is surely something new and passing strange"
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