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transpire (trænˈspaɪə Pronunciation for transpire



  1. (intransitive) to come to light; be known
  2. (intransitive) (informal) to happen or occur
  3. (physiology) to give off or exhale (water or vapour) through the skin, a mucous membrane, etc
  4. (of plants) to lose (water in the form of water vapour), esp through the stomata of the leaves
It is often maintained that transpire should not be used to mean happen or occur, as in the event transpired late in the evening, and that the word is properly used to mean become known, as in it transpired later that the thief had been caught. The word is, however, widely used in the former sense, esp in spoken English

Derived Forms

tranˈspirable adjective
transpiration (ˌtrænspəˈreɪʃən Pronunciation for transpiration  noun
tranˈspiratory, (rare) ˌtranspiˈrational adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin transpīrāre, from Latin trans- + spīrāre to breathe


View thesaurus entry
= become known, emerge, come out, be discovered, come to light, be disclosed, be made public

Translations for 'transpire'

  • British English: transpire When it transpires that something is the case, people discover that it is the case. VERBIt transpired that he had left his driver's license at home.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: transparecer
  • Chinese: > 发现人们> 发發现現
  • European Spanish: resultar
  • French: s'avérer
  • German: sich herausstellen
  • Italian: emergere
  • Japanese: 明らかになる
  • Korean: 알고 보니 ~이다
  • Portuguese: transparecer
  • Spanish: resultar

Example Sentences Including 'transpire'

I do firmly believe that my dreams were my body's way of communicating to me events that were about to transpire.
Van de Castle, Robert L. Our Dreaming Mind
I'll change too and anyway, God knows what will transpire in the next few months in this madhouse.
various & introduction by Deirdre Chapman A Roomful of Birds - Scottish short stories 1990
Is there anything that happened in that negotiation that gives you hope that something similar could transpire this time around?
Globe and Mail (2005)
That deviation will not transpire and it's very important that it not.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The most meaningful absentee did not transpire to be Gerrard, but Jens Nowotny, Leverkusen's Germany centre half.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
This weekend it may well transpire that turnout has increased.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Till either of these actually transpire , ISPs will continue trying everything they possibly can to break into the black.
Business Today (2001)


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