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1transition

noun tran·si·tion \tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən\

: a change from one state or condition to another

Full Definition of TRANSITION

1
a :  passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another :  change
b :  a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another
2
a :  a musical modulation
b :  a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another
3
:  an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
tran·si·tion·al \-ˈsish-nəl, -ˈsizh-, -ˈzish-; -ˈsi-shə-nəl, -ˈzi-, -zhə-\ adjective
tran·si·tion·al·ly adverb
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Examples of TRANSITION

  1. We want to have a smooth transition when the new owners take control of the company.
  2. the sometimes difficult transition from childhood to adulthood
  3. The country made a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Origin of TRANSITION

Latin transition-, transitio, from transire
First Known Use: 1551

2transition

intransitive verb

: to make a change from one state, place, or condition to another : to make a transition

Full Definition of TRANSITION

:  to make a transition <transition into college>

Examples of TRANSITION

  1. The company has transitioned to new management in the past year.
  2. a student who is transitioning to a new school

First Known Use of TRANSITION

1946
TRANSITION Defined for Kids

transition

noun tran·si·tion \tran-ˈsi-shən, -ˈzi-\

Definition of TRANSITION for Kids

:  an act or the process of passing from one state, stage, place, or subject to another :  change
Medical Dictionary

transition

noun tran·si·tion \tran(t)s-ˈish-ən, tranz-, chiefly British tran(t)s-ˈizh-\

Medical Definition of TRANSITION

1
:  passage from one state or stage to another; especially :  an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
2
:  a genetic mutation in RNA or DNA that results from the substitution of one purine base for the other or of one pyrimidine base for the other
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