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
Recent Examples on the Web De Vere says Zest’s A.I. systems are far more transparent. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Can an A.I. algorithm help end unfair lending? This company says yes," 20 Oct. 2020 Other aspects of restaurant operations also will become more transparent to the public, including health inspections, safety training, staff certifications and food sourcing. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Robot cooks and virtual kitchens: How the restaurant industry looks to technology for help," 19 Oct. 2020 The company has pledged to become more transparent and invest at least $3 million this year to reduce recidivism rates and improve reentry rates, among other reform efforts. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores steps down from L.A. art museum board after public pressure," 9 Oct. 2020 Atterbeary said the legislative work group will not take up proposals to overhaul the Maryland Public Information Act to make police records more transparent and publicly accessible. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Police-reform work group backs statewide body cameras, use-of-force policy in Maryland," 8 Oct. 2020 Police need to focus on rebuilding trust and being more transparent, said Dr. Jameca Woody Cooper, a clinical psychologist who worked with victims of police brutality and protesters in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Scaled down National Night Out continues amid coronavirus, unrest over police brutality," 7 Oct. 2020 Last year, the coalition pushed for a more transparent nomination process for the city police commissioner. Stephanie García,, "In a time of crisis, solidarity grows between Black and Latino activists in Baltimore," 6 Oct. 2020 Start an orderly, public, transparent process to design a new system. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Recent unrest, Trump and the Republican National Convention, butterflies," 28 Aug. 2020 Loyola also has articulation agreements with several colleges to create a transparent transfer process for students who earn an associate degree. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Loyola officials set the stage for transfer student success," 5 Aug. 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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24 Oct 2020

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“Transparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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