[ tran-spahyuhr ]
/ trænˈspaɪər /
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verb (used without object), tran·spired, tran·spir·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·spired, tran·spir·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 1590–1600; from Middle French transpirer, from Medieval Latin trānspīrāre, equivalent to Latin trāns- trans- + spīrāre “to breathe”
historical usage of transpire
1. From its earlier literal sense “to escape as vapor” transpire came to mean “to escape from concealment, become known” in the 18th century. Somewhat later, it developed the meaning “to occur, happen,” 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM transpiretran·spir·a·ble, adjectivetran·spir·a·to·ry [tran-spahyr-uh-tawr-ee], /trænˈspaɪr əˌtɔr i/, adjectiveun·tran·spir·ing, adjective
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How to use transpire in a sentence
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|Lara Friedman|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Walter, as he paced up and down the pavement outside, would have given much to know what was transpiring within.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
But while this was transpiring on the left there was a terrible sacrifice of life at the foot of Maryee's Hill.
Before entering upon the narrative of my own observations, let us take a look at events transpiring in the city on Sunday.
Thus the night passed away without anything transpiring, and at last the longed-for dawn appeared.The Norsemen in the West|R.M. Ballantyne
When this age closes with the great predicted events transpiring, the Spirit of God has finished the work for which He came.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
British Dictionary definitions for transpire
/ (trænˈspaɪə) /
(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 transpiretranspirable, adjectivetranspiration (ˌtrænspəˈreɪʃən), nountranspiratory, adjective
Word Origin for transpire
C16: from Medieval Latin transpīrāre, from Latin trans- + spīrāre 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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