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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
Given what has transpired in Las Vegas, disrespecting any symbol of American unity would be the dumbest move in the protest history.
Here's how those Queen City partygoers fared in Week 11, while James Weber takes a look what transpired across the river.
But much depends on how things transpire in Gaza over the coming weeks.
More than three years after a handcuffed Iowa man drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks, Trooper Anthony Piercy will learn his punishment for what transpired that day.
Considering what transpired with All Quiet, Laemmle was fearful of what was still to come in Germany.
And actually filming in South Africa, where Winnie's story transpired, must have been overwhelming?
Most of the game transpires after the second Death Star blows up, at which point Iden's commander—and, conveniently enough, father—sends her on a dubious mission of killing innocent people.
In the palace’s Malachite Room, named after the precious stone from the Urals, a simple plaque notes the events that transpired here on Oct. 25, 1917.
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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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