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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
Anthony Scaramucci, who was communications director for less than two weeks, disagreed with that claim and the claim that Mr. Trump didn't know who Boehner was, although Scaramucci was not reported to be present when those events transpired.
But this being Alabama, nothing that's happened to this point will matter as much as what transpires Monday night.
And Rivera should be rewarded for keeping his team afloat given all that’s already transpired (and what is still to come).
With two games remaining against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, the Texans can find some inspiration for next season based on what's transpiring in the current playoff race.
No matter what transpires between now and New Year’s Day, Marvin Lewis will not be Cincinnati’s head coach in 2018.
Some who live there now don't realize what transpired in the area decades earlier.
As Papadopoulos talked with the Russians, a number of meaningful events transpired in the campaign.
After five years of mostly miserable basketball, what transpired inside Amway Center on Friday night seemed like a mirage.
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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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