- to occur; happen; take place.
- to emit or give off waste matter, watery vapor, etc., through the surface, as of the body or of leaves.
- to escape, as moisture or odor, through or as if through pores.
- to be revealed or become known.
- to emit or give off (waste matter, watery vapor, an odor, etc.) through the surface, as of the body or of leaves.
Origin of transpire
Examples from the Web for transpiring
And that is precisely what is transpiring today, as Bibi lets it be known that he is holding back the settlement surge.Bibi’s Settlement Restraint
May 8, 2013
But there was no one who could find it in his or her heart to warn her of what was transpiring.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
It was historic ground, made doubly so by the events then transpiring.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
When this was transpiring the manager was walking in the stables, foaming with rage.Sielanka: An Idyll
Paddy howled, and I lifted a corner of the valance to see what was transpiring.The O'Ruddy
They wondered what scenes were transpiring far away upon the banks of these apparently solitary waters.
- (intr) to come to light; be known
- (intr) informal to happen or occur
- physiol to give off or exhale (water or vapour) through the skin, a mucous membrane, etc
- (of plants) to lose (water in the form of water vapour), esp through the stomata of the leaves
Word Origin and History for transpiring
1590s, "pass off in the form of a vapor or liquid," from Middle French transpirer (mid-16c.), from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Figurative sense of "leak out, become known" is recorded from 1741, and the erroneous meaning "take place, happen" is almost as old, being first recorded 1755. Related: Transpired; transpiring.