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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.
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