Meaning of TRANSITION in English

TRANSITION

I. tran ‧ si ‧ tion 1 W3 AC /trænˈzɪʃ ə n,-ˈsɪ-/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

formal when something changes from one form or state to another

transition from something to something

the smooth transition from full-time work to full retirement

Making the transition from youth to adulthood can be very painful.

a society that is in transition (=changing)

the period of transition to full democracy

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COLLOCATIONS

■ adjectives

▪ smooth (=happening without any problems)

There were some difficulties in achieving a smooth transition to independence.

▪ peaceful

We all wish to see a peaceful transition.

▪ gradual

Elections will be held in the course of a gradual transition from military to civilian rule.

▪ difficult/painful

She has had to make the difficult transition from child actor to adult star.

■ verbs

▪ make the transition

The biggest problem will be making the transition from one system to the other.

■ transition + NOUN

▪ a transition period/a period of transition

The major industrial nations are in a period of transition.

▪ a transition process/a process of transition

He will deal with any problems that might arise during the transition process.

II. transition 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

to change to a new state or start using something new

transition to/into

He will transition to his new role next month.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.