trans·​par·​ent | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Essential Meaning of transparent

1 : able to be seen through transparent plastic bags transparent [=clear] glass
2 : easy to notice or understand : obvious a transparent lie/falsehood Their motives were transparent.
3 : honest and open : not secretive The company's business dealings need to be more transparent. [=information about the company needs to be more available for people to see]

Full Definition of transparent

1a(1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid
(2) : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)
b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous
2a : free from pretense or deceit : frank
b : easily detected or seen through : obvious
c : readily understood
d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

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Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for transparent

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences
Recent Examples on the Web Increasingly investors who view the diversity of workforces as a key contributor to long-term success are pressuring major corporations to be more transparent. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 This is because the commercial business is more transparent compared to the government vertical, and valuation multiples for commercial businesses are also usually higher than for government contractors. Trefis Team, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The committee is also intended to help the City Council be more transparent, as officials are tasked with essentially redrawing district boundaries that they are elected within. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 The initiative has also been hit by production delays and export bans, with partners urging countries to up donations and companies to be more transparent on supply deals. Janice Kew,, 30 Sep. 2021 On Tuesday, the Oversight Board said Facebook must be more transparent in how applies the rules. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2021 Other teachers said the district must be more transparent in reporting positive cases and keeping the community safe. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Increasingly, organizations are using blockchain technology to make supply chains more transparent. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Cardone shared his concern over pre-workout powders that aren't transparent with their ingredients. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of transparent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for transparent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to show oneself

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“Transparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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trans·​par·​ent | \ trans-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of transparent

1 : clear enough or thin enough to be seen through
2 : easily detected a transparent lie

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb


trans·​par·​ent | \ -ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Medical Definition of transparent

1 : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly
2 : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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