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 transpire more freely on a hot dry day.

    [+ object]

    • Trees transpire water at a rapid rate.