September 15, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
transpire /transp11/ verb
transpire
/transp11/
verb

transpires; transpired; transpiring

The police are finding out how the accident transpired.
The police are finding out how the accident transpired.
Learner's definition of TRANSPIRE

1 [no object] formal : to happen

  • They wouldn't say what had transpired [=taken place] at the meeting.

  • No one will soon forget the historic events that transpired on that day.

2 [no object] formal : to become known — usually used with it

  • Her name, it transpired, was false. [=(less formally) it turned out that her name was false]

  • It transpired that they had met previously. [=we found out that they had met previously]

3 technical, of a plant : to have water evaporate from the surface of leaves

[no object]

  • A plant transpire more freely on a hot dry day.

[+ object]

  • Trees transpire water at a rapid rate.

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