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transpire

verb uk   /trænˈspaɪər/ us    /-ˈspaɪɚ/

transpire verb (BECOME KNOWN)

[I] formal If it transpires that something has happened, this previously secret or unknown fact becomes known: [+ that] It may yet transpire that ministers knew more than they are admitting at the moment. As it later transpired, she had known him at school.

transpire verb (HAPPEN)

[I] formal to happen: No one is willing to predict what may transpire at the peace conference.

transpire verb (LOSE WATER)

[I or T] specialized biology If a body or plant transpires, it loses water through its surface or skin.
transpiration
noun [U] uk   /ˌtræn.spɪˈreɪ.ʃən/ specialized us  
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