English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

transpire (trænˈspaɪə



  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
USAGE 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   noun
tranˈspiratory, or (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'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


Log in to comment on this word.