Share this entry
American English: /ˈpæsɪŋ/
British English: /ˈpɑːsɪŋ/

Translation of passing in Spanish:

adjective before noun

  • 1 (going past) she hailed a passing taxi
    llamó a un taxi que pasaba
    Example sentences
    • Luckily a passing police car stopped and helped.
    • Demonstrators burned tyres and hurled stones at passing police cars.
    • A passing police car was flagged down by witnesses and although the car was chased along Northway Lane it managed to escape.
  • 2 2.1
    Example sentences
    • You probably see passing references to the casualties, like daily box scores-just as brief and much more brutal.
    • I was aghast and horrified at the extent of human stupidity, and chalked it up to a quickly passing fad that would be soon go the way of foot binding.
    • It is only a brief passing reference but it contains a little of the evidence which was given in the Family Court on the interlocutory proceedings.
    2.2 (casual) he made a passing reference to …
    se refirió al pasar or de pasada a …
    it was only a passing thought
    simplemente fue algo que se me ocurrió
    the subject was of more than passing interest to him
    estaba seriamente interesado en el tema


  • 1 (of person) [formal] [euphemistic]
    (of custom) [formal]
    desaparición (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The passing of the Cold War was therefore likely to unveil a new age of power politics, untrammelled by the checks and balances of the Cold War.
    • All of which becomes rather puzzling when considering that the spying profession was rendered entirely obsolete with the passing of the Cold War.
    • One major factor has been India's economic reform process, which began with the passing of the Cold War.
    Example sentences
    • Of those overcome by death and passing to another world, a father cannot hold back his son, nor relatives a relation.
    • In her mid-sixties and a frequent visitor to her old home in Parks, her sudden passing is a great loss to her loving family.
    • But that did not prevent rumours that it was due to her unhappiness about the marriage and speculation that her sudden passing had placed a curse on the union.
  • 2in passing (incidentally)
    al pasar
    de pasada
    she mentioned it in passing
    lo mencionó al pasar or de pasada


  • [archaic]
    asaz [literary]
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.