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 Though, despite Kravitz's evident self-empowerment on this year's carpet, she's also been transparent about her initial struggles to feel confident and comfortable in her skin. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2021 Writing a business statement may seem straightforward, but being transparent about what your business stands for and intends to do in the world can become complicated and messy without the right focus. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Sowell has long been transparent about his journey. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 Krishna said the parents want the ISD to be transparent about notifying all the cases. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2021 Echoing civil society demands, the Board has stated that Facebook should be transparent about the regulatory frameworks that underpin the policy and how automation is used to moderate content in this category. Jillian C. York, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Veyrat, the first chef ever to sue Michelin, wanted the company's mysterious criteria to be more transparent, and to know the names of people who worked on the guides and what their backgrounds were. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Members also said the organization recognizes the need to be more transparent when its leaders have conflicts of interest. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Police leaders are trying to be more transparent and accessible, Frome said. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of transparent

: able to be seen through
: easy to notice or understand : obvious
: 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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