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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 unfortunate events that transpired are alarming to all of us at The Barn at Bay Horse Inn.
The most famous modern depiction of the events that transpired in Salem is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a stunning work of literature but one that took some significant historical liberties.
The original plans of Flair’s WWE retirement, however, were much different than what transpired on television.
Others are simply content to wait and see what transpires.
But something completely different transpired on Friday night.
Outrage over Clark’s death continues to grow on a national scale nearly two weeks after the shooting transpired on March 18.
Idaho’s oldest rocks are more than 2.6 billion years old and contain a record of all the events that transpired during that vast period of geologic time.
Teddy: Still a host, and shocked by all the events that transpired at Ford's reveal of the new narrative.
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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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