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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
And up next Michelle Malkin is going to be here with more on the media's hysterical reaction to what has transpired over the last 48 hours or so.
The Enquirer/Scott Springer A week to forget With all that has transpired, Sowders has handed over the bulk of the summer coaching duties to his assistants.
What has transpired is something Callahan and former UCF director of player personnel Drew Hughes talked about back when the twins first arrived at UCF.
What continued transpiring with the offense in a 4-2 loss in the finale of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks is more troubling and of more immediate concern.
Though some Giants fans might think that already has transpired for Belt.
To understand how long ago that feels, this is what has transpired during the start of NFL free agency: Kirk Cousins is now Minnesota’s quarterback.
Mirza said he has been involved in more than 140 diving rescues but had also never seen anything like what transpired in northern Thailand.
The dispute over what transpired next has turned into the latest standoff since Italy’s anti-migrant government took power last month.
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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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