transpire

Transpire is a fancy way of saying "happen." You might go to a fortune teller to find out what will transpire in the future.

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."

Definitions of transpire
  1. verb
    come about, happen, or occur
    “Several important events transpired last week”
  2. verb
    come to light; become known
    “It transpired that she had worked as spy in East Germany”
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    synonyms: transpirate
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    type of:
    flow, flux
    move or progress freely as if in a stream
  4. verb
    give off (water) through the skin
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    type of:
    exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
  5. verb
    exude water vapor
    “plants transpire
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    type of:
    evaporate, vaporise, vaporize
    lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
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