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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
Hamas is responsible for everything that transpires in the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences for deliberately targeting its terror at Israeli civilians.
Check out clips from the brawl and Rich The Kid's unbothered reaction following everything that had transpired below.
Sheriff Israel’s statement is, at best, gross oversimplification of the events that transpired.
With a worldwide viewing audience in shock over what had transpired, Italy defeated France in penalty kicks for the nation's fourth World Cup crown.
While trashing the Iran deal certainly falls into that category, the most visible and concrete culmination of that close relationship transpired on Monday, with the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
The killings were brought to light by Ron Ridenhour, a helicopter door-gunner who learned what had transpired from friends present at My Lai and sent letters to military and political leaders detailing the massacre.
That still leaves the matter of what transpires in 2018 and, should the organization’s patience continue to be tested, beyond.
What—exactly—has transpired between Donald Trump and the Russian dictatorship of Vladimir Putin?
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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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