transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt \

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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Google’s plan to clarify the source of ads placed on its network mirrors a similar initiative announced by Facebook last month, and is a step towards making online political advertising more transparent. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google tightens political ad policies ahead of 2019 EU elections," 23 Nov. 2018 Our politics appeared more direct and more transparent. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Offers a Bold Condemnation of Social Media Companies at the BBC Headquarters," 15 Nov. 2018 Because so much of this is now more transparent to consumers and consumers are asking for things, brands are getting much more aware of this. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 The two biggest Blue Cross Blue Shield companies with insurance customers in the Philadelphia region, Independence Health Group Inc. and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, elected to be more transparent on the state form. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Quirks in the reporting of executive pay at health insurers," 6 July 2018 But the same technology also makes gerrymanders more transparent. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin redistricting: Here's what you need to know about imminent Supreme Court ruling," 13 June 2018 All of these reports pre-dated the Trump administration, and there's no reason to assume that CBP has become more transparent or accountable since then. Luke Darby, GQ, "Trump on Abused Immigrant Children: "They're Not Innocent"," 24 May 2018 Photo by Joshua Lott for The Verge And the Foxconn process was extremely un-transparent, particularly in Mount Pleasant? Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "An interview with Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni," 6 Dec. 2018 The doors are transparent, which is meant to give drivers an unobstructed view of the road. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Biomega unveils a radically simple electric vehicle," 27 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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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