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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
Much had transpired since the rapper and October’s Very Own label head first teased Scorpion’s existence.
Actually the hardest days are Mondays, because there’s been three days and a lot of news has transpired.
What transpires is a gripping narrative that explores police brutality and how Starr uses her voice to effect change.
The film transpires in two parts, each running approximately 70 minutes.
The 'Valverde out' campaign has grown stronger as the season has transpired, despite leading Barca to the double, and the 54-year-old has one more chance to win over the Catalonians.
And surprising victories by Danny Willett, Charl Schwartzel and Trevor Immelman have transpired, too.
Yet every single one of those minutes had transpired with Simmons sitting on the bench.
One of the essential sleep routines transpires not at night, but hours before work.
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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.
come to pass;
TRANSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of transpire for English Language Learners
: to happen
: to become known
of a plant : to have water evaporate from the surface of leaves
TRANSPIRE Defined for Kids
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