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Definition of transpire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    transpire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they transpire
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪər//
     
    he / she / it transpires
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪərz//
     
    past simple transpired
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪərd//
     
    past participle transpired
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪərd//
     
    -ing form transpiring
    BrE BrE//trænˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses) transpire that… if it transpires that something has happened or is true, it is known or has been shown to be true It transpired that the gang had had a contact inside the bank. This story, it later transpired, was untrue.
  2. 2[intransitive] to happen You're meeting him tomorrow? Let me know what transpires.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] transpire (something) (biology) when plants or leaves transpire, water passes out from their surface
  4. Word 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’. Senses 1 and 2 (mid 18th cent.) are figurative uses comparable with “leak out”.
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