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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Opposition lawmakers have also long clamored to make the terms of China’s loan deals with Venezuela more transparent, which Beijing opposes, according to two of the people familiar with the negotiations. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "China Talks With Venezuela Opposition to Protect Investments," 12 Feb. 2019 Starting today, all of Tiffany & Co.’s diamonds will be 100 percent geographically transparent—for those curious about more origin stories, the information will be displayed in the case alongside the jewels. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "New Year, New Jewels: Tiffany & Co. Commits to Geographic Transparency for all its Diamonds," 9 Jan. 2019 There, after a 50-second elevator, visitors can experience the MahaNakhon Glass Tray, a transparent observation deck that cantilevers more than 1,000 feet in the air, undoubtedly serving up the best views of downtown Bangkok. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Glass tray’ observation deck now open in Thailand’s tallest building," 11 Dec. 2018 Yes, finally the media and the activist politics made their wedded bliss transparent. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Living in the media's lie," 18 Aug. 2018 Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has made his process for picking Supreme Court justices fairly transparent. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 One of the challenges faced by researchers trying to make their work more transparent is the complexity of dealing with a vast amount of data, said Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Climate Science Can Be More Transparent, Researchers Say," 10 May 2018 Instead, the agreement hinges on peer pressure, which in turn requires countries to be open and transparent about their progress in fighting climate change. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 Seventh, leaders must completely be open and transparent in all aspects of their endeavors, especially financial. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018

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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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