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transition Line breaks: tran|si¦tion
Pronunciation: /tranˈzɪʃ(ə)n/
/trɑːn-/ /-ˈsɪʃ-/

Definition of transition in English:


[mass noun]
1The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another: students in transition from one programme to another [count noun]: a transition to multiparty democracy
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  • The situationists only wanted what could never exist, never accepting a period of transition, a process of change.
  • He skilfully dissects the complex and varied forms of the labour process during periods of transition.
  • For these other countries, postcommunism designates the period of transition and radical democratic changes that followed the end of communist rule.
change, move, passage, transformation, conversion, adaptation, adjustment, alteration, changeover, metamorphosis;
shift, switch, jump, leap, progression, progress, gradation, development, evolution;
1.1 [count noun] Music A momentary modulation from one key to another.
Example sentences
  • I was bowled over by the energy of the Seventh Symphony which has a lovely transition in the First Movement and a dreamy Allegretto reminding one of hallowed antiquity.
  • In a telling transition from B minor to F major, Delius calms the troubled man.
  • A quick transition to the major tonality provides sunshine.
1.2 [count noun] Physics A change of an atom, nucleus, electron, etc. from one quantum state to another, with emission or absorption of radiation.
Example sentences
  • The absorption and emission spectra of molecules can be correlated with such transitions of electrons between allowed quantized energy levels.
  • The active medium in a conventional laser is an electromagnetic cavity that resonates at the same frequency as the optical transitions of electrons in the medium.
  • Now, when these electrons make a transition back to some lower energy level, electromagnetic rays are emitted in the process which carry away the energy.


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Undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition: [no object]: he transitioned into filmmaking easily
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  • Each of us is in the process of transitioning our weaknesses into strengths, some faster than others, some slower than others.
  • After 1945, the war industries quickly transitioned to peaceful purposes, and the recovery proceeded.
  • Others are transitioning from more expensive private networks.


Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin transitio(n-), from transire 'go across'.



Example sentences
  • During this transitionary period, I anticipate that some posts will continue to be flirty, frivolous and funny, while others will reflect my mood at the time.
  • But maybe that it what's wanted during this transitionary period when so many younger people bypass the newspaper for the web.
  • Perhaps you have the good fortune of knowing a group of other newbies who can be your pals, or at least your transitionary pals.

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