tran·​si·​tion·​al | \ tran(t)-ˈsish-nəl How to pronounce transitional (audio) , tran(t)-ˈsizh-, tran-ˈzish-; tran(t)-ˈsi-shə-nᵊl, tran-ˈzi-, -zhə- \

Definition of transitional

: marked by transition : involving, providing, or consisting of a passage, movement, or change from one state, condition, subject, place, etc., to another a transitional passage in music They are often transitional areas between water environments and dry land, and are populated by many trees and plants that can put up with the occasional flood …— JoAnn Shroyer The social worlds of neighborhood and village are now less important as transitional zones between home and nonhome settings.— Theano S. Terkenli … turning into a civilian coup, that … established a transitional government and prepared the way for multi-party elections.— Larry Diamond … an animal about the size of a turkey that they contend was a flightless bird, a transitional figure between some carnivorous dinosaurs and modern birds.— John Noble Wilford

Other Words from transitional

transitionally adverb
The problem then is to structure a sequence of reforms that is politically consistent with the social mores of the Soviet Union, economically coherent, and transitionally sound … — Edgar L. Feige

Examples of transitional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Isaiah Lee, 23, is accused of stabbing his roommate during a fight Dec. 2 at a transitional housing apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 19 May 2022 The state awarded $2 million to Kingman and the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council to convert an existing building into a 25-bed transitional housing facility. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 The needed funds identified by the group so far would include $6 million for acquiring land, $7 million in incentives from cities to developers for infill homes and $2 million for a 20-bed emergency shelter or transitional living facility. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2021 LeMay had her son transferred to a Chicago hospital and then a transitional facility. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 He was sent to a transitional housing facility in the chaotic Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Two donations of $5,000 each will be made to the Manchester Police Activities League and to Dinda House, a transitional living facility for veterans that is located in Manchester., 2 Apr. 2021 The situation has become so dire that HHS has opened a transitional facility for unaccompanied minors at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and another in Midland, Texas. Justin Gomez, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2021 More specifically, the (former) royal couple provided funds to repair Annie's House, a transitional housing facility. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of transitional

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Transitional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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tran·​si·​tion·​al | \ -ˈish-nəl, -ˈizh-ən-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of transitional

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by transition
2 : of, relating to, or being epithelium (as in the urinary bladder) that consists of several layers of soft cuboidal cells which become flattened when stretched (as when the bladder is distended)


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