movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be difficult.
a passing from one key to another; modulation.
a brief modulation; a modulation used in passing.
a sudden, unprepared modulation.
a passage from one scene to another by sound effects, music, etc., as in a television program, theatrical production, or the like.
Also called gen·der tran·si·tion [jen-der tran-zish-uhn, -sish-] /ˈdʒɛn dər trænˈzɪʃ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-/ . the process by which a transgender person comes to openly express their gender identity, including changes to their way of dressing, acting, or speaking, to their pronouns, name, or legal gender marker, or to their physical characteristics via hormone therapy and surgery: When I began my transition, there was very little information online about testosterone.
to make a transition: He had difficulty transitioning from enlisted man to officer.
(of a transgender person) to move toward openly expressing one's gender identity, often by making changes to one's way of dressing, acting, or speaking, to one's pronouns, name, or legal gender marker, or to one's physical characteristics via hormone therapy and surgery: My friend is transitioning socially, but she doesn't want hormone therapy or surgery.
- tran·si·tion·al, tran·si·tion·a·ry [tran-zish-uh-ner-ee, -sish-], /trænˈzɪʃ əˌnɛr i, -ˈsɪʃ-/, adjective
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How to use transition in a sentence
When internet was working its way into society, Brazil set up a body known as the Internet Steering Committee, whose job was to smooth the transition of the internet in society and kind of improve its development.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Life transitions are moments when behavior change is abnormally easy.How a vacation—or a pandemic—can help you adopt better habits now | matthewheimer | September 12, 2020 | Fortune
As my colleague Maria Aspan reported yesterday, the appointment was an expected transition.New Citi CEO Jane Fraser gives Wall Street banks a fresh perspective | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
Anticipating this, Uber says it has earmarked $800 million to help its drivers transition to electric vehicles.Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won’t Be Easy | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 10, 2020 | Singularity Hub
We need, at least for the transition period, natural gas to ensure a secure energy supply in Germany.Trump has long wanted to kill a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. Navalny’s poisoning could do it for him | David Meyer | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How did you make the transition from pro surfer to modeling?Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave | James Joiner | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He held intrigue for journalists converging for the transition of papal power.
Will the transition of power from one Kim to another become drenched in even more blood?
With children of finer perception the transition to a correct profile view may be carried much further.Children's Ways | James Sully
From this condition to the state where one of the stars is so nearly dark as to be invisible, the transition is but slight.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
It is merely the transition of matter into new forms—into combinations which are subject to new processes.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
I consider you are at present in a transition period; in a state of fermentation; and no one knows what you are capable of doing.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
So much for swearing when in grim earnest; how are we to account for it in its transition to sport and play?A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
British Dictionary definitions for transition
change or passage from one state or stage to another
the period of time during which something changes from one state or stage to another
a movement from one key to another; modulation
a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
Also called: transitional a style of architecture that was used in western Europe in the late 11th and early 12th century, characterized by late Romanesque forms combined with early Gothic details
any change that results in a change of physical properties of a substance or system, such as a change of phase or molecular structure
a change in the configuration of an atomic nucleus, involving either a change in energy level resulting from the emission of a gamma-ray photon or a transformation to another element or isotope
a sentence, passage, etc, that connects a topic to one that follows or that links sections of a written work
- transitional or rare transitionary, adjective
- transitionally, adverb
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