transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Definition of transparent

1a(1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid
(2) : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)
b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous
2a : free from pretense or deceit : frank
b : easily detected or seen through : obvious
c : readily understood
d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

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Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for transparent

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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The color is transparent, and the flavor is sweeter. Julia Ludlam, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?," 16 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, the reaction from people who rush to get LeBron’s back at any hint of criticism is exactly why coaches and players are so often afraid to be transparent. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Drew Brees, at 40, Is Looking to Get Better," 5 Aug. 2019 That fact, in addition to arguments that charter would be more expensive, less transparent, and that there is no compelling reason to change, are oft-cited by charter opponents. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019 Played by Shahid Kapoor, the lead character is transparent about his anger-management, or the lack of it. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Dear woke India, where were you before Kabir Singh?," 28 June 2019 Martinsson says the court laid out a transparent and reasonable ruling in the case. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "A$AP Rocky's Guilty Verdict Doesn't Bar Him From Returning to Sweden, Says Judge Who Convicted Him," 14 Aug. 2019 Keeping everything fair and transparent is of the utmost importance. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Battle of the Bands competition revived at the Hi-Fi and the Vogue," 14 Aug. 2019 Our goal was to be transparent and to make tools available for public health authorities. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "DRC health minister resigns over Ebola response," 22 July 2019 The cloud solutions of these providers have so far not been transparent and comprehensibly set out. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of transparent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for transparent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to show oneself

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transparent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of transparent

: able to be seen through
: easy to notice or understand
: honest and open : not secretive

transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ trans-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of transparent

1 : clear enough or thin enough to be seen through
2 : easily detected a transparent lie

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb

transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ -ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Medical Definition of transparent

1 : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly
2 : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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