Meaning of TRANSITION in English


I. tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly Brit tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən noun

Etymology: Latin transition-, transitio, from transire

Date: 1551


a. : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : change

b. : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another


a. : a musical modulation

b. : a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another

3. : an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy

• tran·si·tion·al -ˈsish-nəl, -ˈsizh-, -ˈzish-; -ˈsi-shə-n ə l, -ˈzi-, -zhə- adjective

• tran·si·tion·al·ly adverb

II. intransitive verb

Date: 1946

: to make a transition

while they transition to a new, career-oriented lifestyle — Sarah Bright

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