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 The veil to the afterlife is especially transparent today., "Horoscope," 2 July 2020 Berg said detention officials have not been transparent about informing correctional officers when detainees or workers have tested positive for the virus, putting them at unnecessary risk of exposure. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Former Eloy correctional officers blame negligence for huge COVID-19 outbreak," 1 July 2020 Being transparent, being inquisitive are good ingredients. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "10 Business Leaders on What They Learned From the Pandemic," 27 June 2020 Be transparent by sharing tangible commitments to create an antiracist workplace. Erin L. Thomas, Quartz at Work, "How companies can pull up for Black employees during a race crisis," 22 June 2020 Negotiations are underway after Mnuchin came under fire for saying last week that the Trump administration wouldn't be transparent about who received the loans. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Rubio says Treasury will have to disclose small-business loan recipients after public outcry," 16 June 2020 When approaching your boss on what work might look like without reliable child care options, focus on offering solutions but also be transparent. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Struggling at work? How to have tough talks with the boss," 29 June 2020 In all three cases, the data reading has a clear use case and is transparent. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data," 27 June 2020 For example, many would like the Security Council to become more transparent in its work. The Economist, "Reform The UN’s structures built in 1945 are not fit for 2020, let alone beyond it," 20 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Transparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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