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transition

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

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of transition

Latin transition-, transitio, from transire


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transition

verb

Definition of transition

intransitive verb
: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

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First Known Use of transition

1946



TRANSITION Defined for English Language Learners

transition

noun

Definition of transition for English Language Learners

  • : a change from one state or condition to another


transition

verb

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

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

Definition of transition for Students

: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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