transpire

Transpire is a fancy way of saying "happen." "What's transpiring?" — however — just doesn't have the same ring as "What's happening?"

Originally used to express when information became known or came to light, many purists will tell you that's really the best way to use transpire. It can also mean releasing vapor into the air, like when a plant transpires water through its leaves on a hot day. Note: you'll usually encounter this word in its past tense: for example, "We had to watch the replay to figure out what had transpired."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: transpire

1
v
come about, happen, or occur
2
v
pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: transpire
1

v come about, happen, or occur

“Several important events transpired last week”
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v come to light; become known

“It transpired that she had worked as spy in East Germany”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

v pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas

Synonyms:
transpirate
Type of:
flow, flux
move or progress freely as if in a stream

v give off (water) through the skin

Type of:
exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities

v exude water vapor

“plants transpire
Type of:
evaporate, vaporise, vaporize
lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
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