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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
The sergeant, who has since resigned amid an internal investigation into his behavior, approached two of the quarterback’s associates ... and told them what had transpired.
Nader's account is considered key evidence – but not the only evidence – about what transpired in the Seychelles, according to people familiar with the matter.
Nader's account is considered key evidence - but not the only evidence - about what transpired in the Seychelles, according to people familiar with the matter.
The fact that there are firsts with regards to awards and African-Americans transpiring in 2017, 2018 is sort of crazy.
The show tells the story in three parallel narratives set years apart, examining the events that transpired leading up to and following the artists' fatal drive-by shootings and the police investigations that followed.
Our guys were poised with everything that transpired in the first half.
At the music awards ceremony on Sunday, Kesha sang the 2017 single that is thought to be inspired by the events that transpired between her and music producer Dr. Luke.
That’s exactly what has been transpiring on campuses since Obama issued the new guidelines.
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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
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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