1

transition

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

Definition of transition

  1. 1a :  passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another :  changeb :  a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another

  2. 2a :  a musical modulationb :  a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another

  3. 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

transitional

play \-ˈsish-nəl, -ˈsizh-, -ˈzish-; -ˈsi-shə-nəl, -ˈzi-, -zhə-\ adjective

transitionally

adverb

Examples of transition in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of transition

Latin transition-, transitio, from transire


First Known Use: 1551


2

transition

verb tran·si·tion

Definition of transition

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a transition transition into college

Examples of transition in a sentence

  1. The company has transitioned to new management in the past year.

  2. a student who is transitioning to a new school

1946

First Known Use of transition

1946



TRANSITION Defined for English Language Learners

1

transition

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

Definition of transition for English Language Learners

  • : a change from one state or condition to another


2

transition

verb tran·si·tion

Definition of transition for English Language Learners

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


TRANSITION Defined for Kids

transition

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

Definition of transition for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

transition

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

Medical Definition of transition

  1. 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. 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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up transition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a person who is a bore or nuisance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!