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transition

noun [C/U]  /trænˈzɪʃ·ən/ us  
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.
transitional
adjective [not gradable]  /trænˈzɪʃ·ə·nəl/ us  
We’re in a transitional period right now, and no one knows what to expect.
Translations of “transition”
in Korean 과도…
in Arabic مَرحلة انتِقالِيّة…
in French transition…
in Turkish geçiş, değişim, intikal…
in Italian transizione, passaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 轉變, 過度…
in Russian переход…
in Polish przejście, przemiana…
in Spanish transición…
in Portuguese transição…
in German der Übergang…
in Catalan transició…
in Japanese 移行, 推移…
in Chinese (Simplified) 转变, 过渡…
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