[ tran-spahyuhr ]
/ tr忙n藞spa瑟r /
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verb (used without object), tran路spired, tran路spir路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), tran路spired, tran路spir路ing.
to emit or give off (waste matter, watery vapor, an odor, etc.) through the surface, as of the body or of leaves.
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Origin of transpire

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; from Middle French transpirer, from Medieval Latin tr膩nsp墨r膩re, equivalent to Latin tr膩ns- trans- + sp墨r膩re 鈥渢o breathe鈥

historical usage of transpire

1. From its earlier literal sense 鈥渢o escape as vapor鈥 transpire came to mean 鈥渢o escape from concealment, become known鈥 in the 18th century. Somewhat later, it developed the meaning 鈥渢o occur, happen,鈥 a sentence such as He was not aware of what had transpired yesterday being taken to mean He was not aware of what had happened yesterday. In spite of two centuries of use in all varieties of speech and writing, this now common meaning is still objected to by some on the grounds that it arose from a misapprehension of the word's true meaning.


tran路spir路a路ble, adjectivetran路spir路a路to路ry [tran-spahyr-uh-tawr-ee], /tr忙n藞spa瑟r 蓹藢t蓴r i/, adjectiveun路tran路spir路ing, adjective


evanesce, evaporate, liquefy, melt, thaw, transpire , vaporize
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How to use transpire in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for transpire

/ (tr忙n藞spa瑟蓹) /

(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

Derived forms of transpire

transpirable, adjectivetranspiration (藢tr忙nsp蓹藞re瑟蕛蓹n), nountranspiratory, adjective

Word Origin for transpire

C16: from Medieval Latin transp墨r膩re, from Latin trans- + sp墨r膩re to breathe

usage for transpire

It is often maintained that transpire should not be used to mean happen or occur, as in the event transpired late in the evening, and that the word is properly used to mean become known, as in it transpired later that the thief had been caught . The word is, however, widely used in the former sense, esp in spoken English
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