Meaning of “transition” in the English Dictionary

"transition" in English

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transitionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /trænˈzɪʃ.ən/ us /trænˈzɪʃ.ən/

C2 a change from one form or type to another, or the process by which this happens:

The health-care system is in transition at the moment.
There will be an interim government to oversee the transition to democracy.

a change in which someone starts living their life as a person of a different gender:

She began her transition from male to female almost seven years ago.

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transitionverb [ I or T ]


to start living as a person of a different gender:

Bornstein transitioned from male to female almost 20 years ago.
It wasn't easy transitioning gender in the military.

(Definition of “transition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"transition" in American English

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transitionnoun [ C/U ]

us /trænˈzɪʃ·ən/

the process of changing, or a change from one form or condition to another:

[ U ] It was a neighborhood in transition from Jewish to Italian with a sprinkling of Irish.
[ C ] Retirement is a big transition.

literature, music A transition is also a link between ideas or sections in a work of literature or music.

adjective [ not gradable ] us /trænˈzɪʃ·ə·nəl/

We’re in a transitional period right now, and no one knows what to expect.

(Definition of “transition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"transition" in Business English

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transitionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /trænˈzɪʃən/ us

a process of changing from one system, method, etc. to another:

Following changes in taxation laws, the Internal Revenue Service has promised to issue guidelines on how to deal with the transition.
transition from sth (to sth) Government ministers believe that a gentler approach is needed during the transition from a government-led economy to one where the private sector plays the dominant role.
a transition period/phase
economic/political transition
the transition from sth Financial support, especially for mothers making the transition from welfare to work situations, is critical.
the transition to sth The transition to the euro took place in 1999.
make a transition (from/to sth) The region is slowly making a transition to a more knowledge-based economy.
a smooth/difficult/tough transition Both sides need to work together in order to ensure a smooth transition of power.
manage/achieve/complete a transition How do you plan to complete a transition that is so far-reaching in terms of its targets without compromising the corporate culture?
a period/state of transition Our economy is in a period of transition .
in transition

in the process of changing or developing:

Emission reduction schemes in economies in transition have increased by 50%.

(Definition of “transition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)