transition

noun
tran·​si·​tion | \ tran(t)-ˈsi-shən How to pronounce transition (audio) , 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

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

Ohio State – Through two games, this whole transition to Ryan Day and Justin Fields is going real well, thanks for asking. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "College Football Playoff projection: Clemson, followed by SEC's LSU, Alabama, Georgia," 8 Sep. 2019 Adam Gopnik examines the legacy of the urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs and chronicles Frederick Law Olmsted’s transition from news reporter to the architect of Central Park. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: American Cityscapes," 8 Sep. 2019 Benghazi), the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration. Rachel King, Fortune, "12 Books on Business and Journalism to Add to Your Fall Reading List," 7 Sep. 2019 The plan also includes certain incentives to promote a transition to widespread manufacture and adoption of electric vehicles. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Trump admin threatens California, automakers over emissions deal," 6 Sep. 2019 The transition to counterrotation depends on friction. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Talk About the Physics of Pancakes," 3 Sep. 2019 Gordon opens with an expressive visual transition from a vast desert landscape to a football stadium, its iridescent green field glowing under the night lights. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Army officials hope to install the system in more Humvees even as they, along with the Marine Corps, transition to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Spike in military training fatalities exposes dangers troops face far from the battlefields," 30 Aug. 2019 But the transition to democracy has not gone much further. The Economist, "The army and the people face off in Algeria," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wilson excelled in the Championship with Derby County last season and looks to have comfortably transitioned to a higher, more demanding level of football this campaign. SI.com, "Bournemouth Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 8 Sep. 2019 The National Hurricane Center said that Dorian had lost the features that make it tropical system and had transitioned to a post-tropical storm. Leigh Morgan, al, "Dorian no longer a hurricane as it nears Nova Scotia with 100 mph winds," 7 Sep. 2019 Ann Marie Evadney Hill, 50, transitioned on August 23, 2019 at her home in Windsor, CT. courant.com, "Ann M. Hill," 6 Sep. 2019 Jesse Davis, who has started at right guard the past two seasons, had spent the past five weeks transitioning to right tackle. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins mixing and matching offensive linemen, looking to find best group ahead of opener vs. Ravens," 4 Sep. 2019 Follow our guide below and flawlessly transition your hair just in time for Fall. Essence, "4 Steps To Restoring Your Hair After a Protective Style," 3 Sep. 2019 Assuming the Bears don’t trade for a perennial All-Pro pass rusher, this is the main step in concluding the preseason and transitioning the team’s full attention to Thursday night’s season opener against the Packers. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Complete Bears roster cuts: Jonathan Bullard, Kylie Fitts and Ryan Nall among cuts," 31 Aug. 2019 Given the dates, plus several telltale anatomical similarities, most researchers concluded that A. anamensis gradually transitioned into and was replaced by A. afarensis, which lived from about 3.7 million to 3 million years ago. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Stunning ancient skull shakes up human family tree," 28 Aug. 2019 If voters are transitioning away from electability, that would be good news for Sanders and Warren, in particular. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is the Biden Bubble About to Burst?," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of transition

Noun

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1893, 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)

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

transition

noun
tran·​si·​tion | \ tran-ˈsi-shən How to pronounce transition (audio) , -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 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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