- 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 transpire
What the question asked by our friend was, did not transpire.
What the captain's intentions were did not transpire; they were known only to Francisco.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
And do not let it transpire among your fellows that it is I who have suggested this.Love-at-Arms
But that some very extraordinary event was about to transpire was evident to all.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
The rest hung about dispiritedly, and waited for what might transpire.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- (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 transpire
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.