transition

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

Definition of transition 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a : 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

transition

verb
transitioned; transitioning; transitions

Definition of transition (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a transition transition into college

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Other words from transition

Noun

transitional \tran(t)-ˈsish-nəl, -ˈsizh-, -ˈzish-; -ˈsi-shə-nᵊl, -ˈzi-, -zhə- \ adjective
transitionally adverb

Examples of transition in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The company has transitioned to new management in the past year. a student who is transitioning to a new school
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This refusal to recuse means that Benczkowski, who worked on the Trump transition team, could have a role in approving criminal prosecutions related to the Russia investigation and otherwise get insights into the status of the investigation. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018 In any regards, Rahm put Rauner's wife, Diana, on his 2011 educational transition team, which helped pilot the conversion of unionized public schools into nonunion charters. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Race Phony feud: Don’t be fooled by the Twitter barbs between Rahm and Rauner over Dan Ryan protest," 9 July 2018 Many of the efforts have been overseen by James Sherk, a former Heritage Foundation labor economist who joined Trump's transition team to tackle labor challenges. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 In January of 2016, Anthony Scaramucci, then a member of Trump’s transition team, falsely claimed that John was going to perform at the inauguration. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Donald Trump’s mind is still on Elton John.," 6 July 2018 Replacement prospects David Schnare, a former EPA transition team member who has been publicly critical of Pruitt, nonetheless described Pruitt's resignation as a sad, but inevitable, event. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Environmental Advocates Will Keep Pressure on Pruitt's Successor at EPA," 6 July 2018 Media: Houston Chronicle The transition was a busy one to say the least, Murrell said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD Principal Profile: Dr. Mark Murrell, The Woodlands — College Park," 5 July 2018 The report was a response to a controversial resolution criticizing Israeli settlements that the Trump transition team unsuccessfully tried to stop in December 2016. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "UN's scathing reports stoke US concerns about anti-Israel bias," 19 June 2018 Dermer asked for the transition team’s help in blunting the work of the sitting President. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Noel was a near-pro track and field athlete and transitioned into acting after college. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 However, this year 'Three Lions' became more than a song and transitioned into a meme. SI.com, "How Social Media Helped Create a Positive Atmosphere for England to Thrive in During World Cup Run," 12 July 2018 The virtual reality, or VR, technology provides multi-sensory environments that can be readily created and modified to a patient’s needs in an effort to help veterans transition into civilian life. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "OC Fair virtual reality exhibit provides window into PTSD treatment," 11 July 2018 Zhou added that Hornsey would stay on temporarily in order to help transition one of her deputies, HR vice president Pranesh Anthapur, into her role. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Uber HR boss out after charges she ignored complaints about racist behavior," 11 July 2018 While Dunand has broken in as a shortstop, many scouts and Marlins management believe Dunand will likely transition to third base where his power hitting, strong arm and defensive skills will flourish. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 July 2018 Looking for athletic gear that can transition to happy hour with the swap of a shoe? Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 The Air Force is advancing plans to retire its Predator drone by transitioning pilots to the larger Reaper drone – and widening the mission scope of Reapers to include more weapons integration, attack options and ISR possibilities. Fox News, "Air Force expands mission for Reaper attack drones, adds new weapons," 28 June 2018 As a slogan, those seven words were potent enough to power the creation of Homeboy Industries, which began three decades ago in Los Angeles as a nonprofit jobs placement agency for former gang members and men and women transitioning out of prison. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What stops a bullet? Milwaukee can learn from L.A. program that has turned to trauma care," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of transition

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transition

Noun

Latin transition-, transitio, from transire

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transition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transition

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a change from one state or condition to another

transition

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transition (Entry 2 of 2)

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

transition

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

Kids Definition of transition

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

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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