AskDefine | Define transpire

Dictionary Definition



1 pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas [syn: transpirate]
2 exude water vapor; "plants transpire"
3 come to light; become known; "It transpired that she had worked as spy in East Germany"
4 come about, happen, or occur; "Several important events transpired last week"
5 give off (water) through the skin

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From the French transpirer, to perspire, from Latin transpirare, to breathe through, from trans, across + spirare, to breathe


  • (UK) /tɹænˈspaɪə/, /tr

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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