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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
We are not entitled to more information about what transpired between Corinne and DeMario.
But Woodhouse’s version is actually much closer to the truth of what transpired than many other accounts.
A: My project measured the amount of water that 30 jade plants transpired (the process where water evaporates off of a plant) under three sources of light over the course of three days.
To answer that, Russell refers to an exceptional case that transpired in the Republic of Fiji.
Then the stories would come out - about what transpired in 1865 and 1910.
Comments such as these understandably create trepidation regarding the potential deal but fans and pundits alike will just have to wait and see what transpires.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Bryan Roach clarified Thursday that it is not known what transpired in the moments before two of his officers fired their weapons and fatally shot 45-year-old Aaron Bailey, who was unarmed.
An official at the University of Miami disputed Suchlicki’s version of what transpired.
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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
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
Definition of transpire for Students
- Important events transpired that day.
- It transpired that they had met before.
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