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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.
On the first play that transpired after Fitzpatrick returned to action late in the first half, Harrison helped bring down LSU quarterback Danny Etling -- squashing a Tigers drive in the process.
On cellphone videos taken of the scene, relatives and neighbors of the man gathered around, listening to the detectives repeat their version — the police version — of what transpired.
Your job is to document what transpires on the field at all times.
Catching up on what transpired since Blade Runner doesn't take much time.
Lebron James spoke out today at the Cavaliers 2018 Media Day after the President Trump fiasco that transpired over the weekend.
The movie takes advantage of the cinematic form to show off the luxe world that these scheming characters inhabit; here, everything transpires in that one, rundown room.
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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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