- 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
Related Words for transpiresbefall, ensue, arise, develop, eventuate, chance, result, shake, go, betide, gel, break, emerge, leak
Examples from the Web for transpires
Contemporary Examples of transpires
Much of the drama that transpires towards the end of the story is due to the pure love itself, not in spite of it.The Japanese Women Who Love Gay Anime
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He's sitting down with Mr. Lavrov in Geneva, and we shall see what transpires.OK, John Kerry, You’re On
September 11, 2013
Historical Examples of transpires
The treaty, as it transpires, is the source of general cavil.
What transpires therein no one knows because no one has ever seen.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Give them no information in regard to what transpires on deck.Down the Rhine
It transpires that the row in the horselot Sunday was caused by this colt.Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
I shall inform you at once, he went on, of everything which transpires.The Search Party
G. A. Birmingham
- (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 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.