Definition of transpire in English:

transpire

Line breaks: tran|spire
Pronunciation: /tranˈspʌɪə
 
, trɑːn-/

verb

[no object]
1 [with clause] (usually it transpires) (Of a secret or something unknown) come to be known; be revealed: it transpired that millions of dollars of debt had been hidden in a complex web of transactions
More example sentences
  • During questioning, it transpired that the US Secret Service would continue providing protection services to the twins.
  • And when the facts emerged and it transpired that Michael had nothing to do with any of it - people still preferred to believe the lie.
  • So while rueing the fact that we are not in the right business to make lots of money it transpired that none of us had chosen the field we were working in but had, by various means, fallen into it.
Synonyms
become known, become apparent, be revealed, be disclosed, come to light, emerge, come out, get out, be discovered, be uncovered, materialize, leak out, turn out, be made public
1.1Prove to be the case: as it transpired, he was right
1.2Occur; happen: I’m going to find out exactly what transpired
More example sentences
  • More than a quarter of a century has now transpired since his election.
  • And so you can imagine his feeling the next day when the events transpired.
  • Then, when the actual event transpires, things go in a refreshingly unanticipated manner.
Synonyms
happen, occur, take place, come about, come to pass, crop up, turn up, arise, chance, ensue, befall, be realized, take shape;
pan out, end up
2 Botany (Of a plant or leaf) give off water vapour through the stomata: a cactus does not transpire as freely as most plants [with object]: moisture is transpired from plants much more quickly than is realized
More example sentences
  • As the flowers transpire, water evaporates and is trapped at the roof of the bricks.
  • Throughout most of the day, when the plant is transpiring, these vessels will contain water under substantial hydraulic tension.
  • The same cycle was found in plants transpiring in ambient conditions and where transpiration was greatly reduced.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'emit as vapour through the surface'): from French transpirer or medieval Latin transpirare, from Latin trans- 'through' + spirare 'breathe'. Sense 1 (mid 18th century) is a figurative use comparable with ‘leak out’.

Usage

The standard general sense of transpire is ‘come to be known’ (as in it transpired that millions of dollars of debt had been hidden in a complex web of transactions). From this, a looser sense has developed, meaninghappen or occur’ ( I’m going to find out exactly what transpired). This looser sense, first recorded in US English towards the end of the 18th century, is criticized for being jargon, an unnecessarily long word used where occur and happen would do just as well. The newer sense is very common, however, accounting for around half of the citations for transpire in the Oxford English Corpus.

Derivatives

transpiration

Pronunciation: /-spɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
sense 2.
More example sentences
  • Stem xylem may be estimated from of leaves which have been covered to prevent transpiration and allowing the equilibration in between the leaf and stem xylem.
  • Higher transpiration not only leads to higher photosynthetic rates, but also keeps the leaf surface cool especially under hot conditions.
  • Their high rates of transpiration and photosynthesis depend upon ample soil moisture, for example.

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