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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
What transpired was a series of presentations, public hearings, political debates and process reviews leading up to a 2016 decision by the Great Lakes-St.
Notre Dame’s continued struggles, and DeShone Kizer’s emergence in Cleveland, certainly seem to give new color to what transpired in South Bend last fall between the quarterback and coach Brian Kelly. 5.
And, clearly, something about what transpired did not sit well with the Pacers.
Almost nothing about what has transpired in Havana is perfectly clear.
Instead, stocks have fallen, a pattern that Mr. Hashemy said is similar to what transpired when the U.A.E. and Qatar were upgraded to emerging-market status in May 2014.
Despite the alarm over what transpired in Niger, the United States is unlikely to significantly shift its mission there, one of several countries where the Pentagon has long trained African forces to counter terrorism.
The final play of the second quarter was one of few dramatic episodes that transpired Saturday, offering a cliffhanger moment in an otherwise mundane affair.
What transpired between them will probably always be a mystery.
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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
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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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