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Can transpire mean 'to occur'?
- there is nothing new transpired since I wrote you last
- —Abigail Adams
Examples of transpire in a Sentence
No one will soon forget the historic events that transpired on that day.
A plant transpires more freely on a hot dry day.
Trees transpire water at a rapid rate.
Recent Examples of transpire from the Web
Dave Mullins's Lou, the inevitable Pixar entry, transpires on a school playground, where the school bully meets his match in a creature assembled from clothing and other items in a lost-and-found box.
When East and West Germans awoke on that fateful Nov. 9 in 1989 -- the date that the checkpoints finally opened and the sledgehammers came out -- no one had any real idea what was about to transpire in a matter of hours.
Ask her to write a detailed account of what transpired.
What transpired was enough to ruin everyone’s night.
The full story of what really transpired inside over those many days is still being reported and written, and there’s little doubt that revisionism is taking place at a furious pace.
All eyes are on the Senate to see what will transpire, now that the House has already passed a short-term spending bill.
That experience paled in comparison to the highs and lows that transpired during the next steps of his journey.
Shannon does not mess around: The show, which is cleverly designed by John Musial, moves fast and furious, and there’s a risky, even a messy, impulsiveness to all that transpires, which is exciting in and of itself.
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Did You Know?
Transpire came to life in the late 16th century and was originally used in technical contexts to describe the passage of vapor through the pores of a membrane. From this technical use developed a figurative sense: to escape from secrecy, or to become known. That sense was often used in ambiguous contexts and could be taken to mean happen. (For example, Emily Dickinson wrote in a letter, I long to see you once more ... to tell you of many things which have transpired since we parted.) Thus the to take place sense developed. Around 1870, usage critics began to attack this sense as a misuse, and modern critics occasionally echo that sentiment. But the sense has been common for two centuries and today is found in serious and polished prose.
Origin and Etymology of transpire
First Known Use: 1597See Words from the same year
come to pass;
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Definition of transpire for Students
- Important events transpired that day.
- It transpired that they had met before.
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