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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Government opponents cannot run, and the process of vetting candidates and counting ballots is not transparent. New York Times, 28 May 2021 President Joe Biden today joined a growing chorus of voices calling, yet again, for a fuller, more transparent investigation into whether the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. John Travis, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 Our vision one day is to be as ubiquitous as traditional fast food, but more honest and transparent. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Slightly more than half, in fact, felt their customers were honest and transparent. Marc Bain, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2021 Strothers was part of a contingent Wednesday who spoke over teleconference and demanded a transparent investigation into Mikayla's death. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 20 May 2021 Companies who have value propositions with consumers that are transparent and are getting that consumer's permission, are the ones who are going to be successful. Billee Howard, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Some of those who had criticized the authorities for not being transparent expressed dismay at suddenly being attacked themselves. Josh Chin, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Smith said Ohio State shared the details of the report in an effort to be transparent, and to allow other schools and athletic programs to learn from the episode. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of transparent was in the 15th century

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3 Jun 2021

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“Transparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transparent

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


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


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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