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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
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.
Roma had also been linked with a move for the 21-year-old after his impressive first season with Sampdoria, but the move never transpired.
That first pitch seems forever ago now, because so much baseball, over so many hours, has transpired since.
And the road ahead won't be nearly as long as what has transpired to date.
Experts point to a few pivotal events in Oregon's history that set the scene for events that transpire today.
Yet unfortunately, there are those on the science side who go overboard, taking extremist positions that distort the public's understanding of what is transpiring.
After all, Ray saw what transpired in Tuesday’s American League wild card game, when the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins despite starter Luis Severino lasting just 1/3 of an inning.
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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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- Important events transpired that day.
- It transpired that they had met before.
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