Transpire /trænˈspaɪɚ /  verb

1 [no object] formal : to happen

  • They wouldn’t say what had transpired [=taken place] at the meeting.
  • No one will soon forget the historic events that transpired on that day.

2 [no object] formal : to become known — usually used with it

  • Her name, it transpired, was false. [=(less formally) it turned out that her name was false]
  • It transpired that they had met previously. [=we found out that they had met previously]

3 technical, of a plant : to have water evaporate from the surface of leaves

[no object]

  • A plant transpires more freely on a hot dry day.

[+ object]

  • Trees transpire water at a rapid rate.