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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The [police] departments weren’t being transparent. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019 Heard opted for a naked coat dress by Claes Iversen, the skirt of which was completely transparent. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amber Heard Just Hit the Red Carpet Without a Skirt and I'm Into It," 28 Apr. 2019 Super7's Transformers Super Cyborg Deluxe Action Figures, each 11 inches tall and fully articulated, have transparent removable chest panels to show off their robotic guts inside in lieu of transforming super powers. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "How Super7 Built a Business Around the Toys No One Else Would Dare Make," 20 Mar. 2019 Mod furniture pieces with transparent lucite and glass details capture the swinging spirit and won’t obstruct the view. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 But that convenience comes at a cost, as critics of the facial recognition system have raised concerns over privacy, racial bias, and for Customs to be more transparent in how the screening algorithm works. Dami Lee, The Verge, "TSA lays out plans to use facial recognition for domestic flights," 15 Oct. 2018 No self-respecting snake would have been that tone-deaf or transparent in its timing. Larry Tye, BostonGlobe.com, "An open letter to Joe Kennedy III: Here’s how to run for president," 29 May 2018 Common Council members and city residents have called for Morales to be more transparent in explaining the process. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A pivotal moment': What the Sterling Brown arrest means for the Milwaukee Police Department," 25 May 2018 Alex Campbell, chairman of the School Governance Council at Global Communication Academy, urged the board be more transparent in its budget process. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Parents, Residents Speak Out On Dismal Budget Picture For Hartford Schools," 16 May 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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