Definition of transition in English:

transition

noun

  • 1The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

    ‘students in transition from one program to another’
    ‘a transition to multiparty democracy’
    • ‘His arrest is political and I fear we are in transition from democracy to dictatorship.’
    • ‘For these other countries, postcommunism designates the period of transition and radical democratic changes that followed the end of communist rule.’
    • ‘Must we always be a community in transition with high immigration and transient internal population?’
    • ‘The church is in a period of enormous transition with heroic attempts being made to adapt to new conditions.’
    • ‘He skilfully dissects the complex and varied forms of the labour process during periods of transition.’
    • ‘The new Cabinet appears designed, in short, to help ensure an orderly transition.’
    • ‘The situationists only wanted what could never exist, never accepting a period of transition, a process of change.’
    • ‘He added that being a public radio is necessary to be involved with the processes of unification in countries in transition.’
    • ‘Ever since the move, she had used the excuse that everyone was testy because they were still in transition - still in a period of adjustment.’
    • ‘Several rather abrupt transitions have now been noted.’
    • ‘He made his fortune during the country's rapid transition to a free market economy during the 1990s.’
    • ‘We can project that our planet's human population will stabilise, as all continents undergo the demographic transition.’
    • ‘The country's transition to capitalism has been uncertain, with the privatization of state-run enterprises proceeding slowly.’
    • ‘The system provides an interesting experimental model because the structural transitions occur over the time scale of weeks.’
    • ‘A case of too fast a transition from feudalism to modernity?’
    • ‘Living in a country in transition, I always believe democracy is a good thing to fight for.’
    • ‘Marriage is the most important stage in a person's life, marking the official transition to adulthood.’
    • ‘The transition has happened gradually, in daily lessons that come through patience and careful scrutiny.’
    • ‘For some the confidence of adolescence is replaced with questions and doubt, marking the transition to adulthood.’
    • ‘In Spain we did have a period of transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy, just like you.’
    change, move, passage, transformation, conversion, adaptation, adjustment, alteration, changeover, metamorphosis
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    1. 1.1 The process by which a person permanently adopts the outward or physical characteristics of the gender with which they identify, as opposed to those associated with their birth sex. The process may or may not involve measures such as hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.
      ‘she had been living as a woman for eight years at that point and had completed her transition in 2001’
      ‘he began the transition from female to male in the 10th grade’
      • ‘We thought Roberta - who was, perhaps, an idealized transgendered person - had the right idea: she retained her core self through the transition.’
      • ‘The main thing I had going for me was almost instant acceptance by other women as one of them that actually predated my transition.’
      • ‘Even people who have dealt with my transition in a very sophisticated way are uncomfortable with the fact that we are two women living together and legally married.’
      • ‘Rosario's case study and discussion demonstrate the failure of transition models to account for the experiences of many transgender people.’
      • ‘Grace has landed her own reality series, documenting her transition from a male to a female.’
      • ‘There is also innovative work in a chapter on guilt and gender variance, and another on children's experiences of a parent's transition.’
      • ‘One is still going through transition, and one has had the full run of surgery.’
      • ‘I am (or have been) fairly closely acquainted with three transsexuals, at various stages of transition.’
      • ‘He also discusses the role of gender identity clinics in gender transition, with specific focus on the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto.’
    2. 1.2 A passage in a piece of writing that smoothly connects two topics or sections to each other.
      • ‘Both approaches have strengths and flaws, which we discuss at the end of the broad-brush passage in making the transition to the particularistic section.’
      • ‘What redeems the transition flaws is tight writing.’
      • ‘The consequence is a roughness in the transitions between sections and at times a sense of a rather tangled or non-existent continuity.’
      • ‘She never discussed her thesis statement, the other subjects were completely unrelated to the subject at hand, and her topic transitions were outright jarring.’
      • ‘In places, her narrative moves between topics without transitions.’
      • ‘Abrupt transitions in topic and chronology leave the reader confused and wondering if the medical history of the Corps is merely incidental to more current medical topics.’
      • ‘This is usually a boring topic, but the author makes the transition smoothly.’
    3. 1.3Music A momentary modulation from one key to another.
      • ‘I was bowled over by the energy of the Seventh Symphony which has a lovely transition in the First Movement and a dreamy Allegretto reminding one of hallowed antiquity.’
      • ‘The transition from the dominant to the tonic, while hardly original to our ears, is still effective, and one of the movement's strong points.’
      • ‘In a telling transition from B minor to F major, Delius calms the troubled man.’
      • ‘A quick transition to the major tonality provides sunshine.’
    4. 1.4Physics A change of an atom, nucleus, electron, etc. from one quantum state to another, with emission or absorption of radiation.
      • ‘The active medium in a conventional laser is an electromagnetic cavity that resonates at the same frequency as the optical transitions of electrons in the medium.’
      • ‘These absorption bands correspond to electronic transitions from s-bonding to s-antibonding orbitals.’
      • ‘Now, when these electrons make a transition back to some lower energy level, electromagnetic rays are emitted in the process which carry away the energy.’
      • ‘Quantum mechanics dictates that the electrons can only have certain energy levels, and when an atom gets hot, transitions between these levels start to occur.’
      • ‘The absorption and emission spectra of molecules can be correlated with such transitions of electrons between allowed quantized energy levels.’

verb

  • 1Undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.

    with object ‘the network ought to be built by the federal government and then transitioned into private industry’
    no object ‘we have transitioned from a high-intensity combat operation to a support role in the community’
    • ‘However, transitioning from the current governmental management to private management is a major hurdle.’
    • ‘The region is now transitioning from relief to recovery.’
    • ‘We started transitioning from conventional grain to organic grains.’
    • ‘I'm now mostly transitioned over to my new role other than being on the interview team to find my replacement on my former team.’
    • ‘As we transitioned from an industrial economy to an information economy, the strength of the unions diminished.’
    • ‘Others are transitioning from more expensive private networks.’
    • ‘In short, the cutoff date for analog TV may not be set in stone, but consumers are transitioning on their own terms.’
    • ‘But what has already been achieved in transitioning our economy to coal, oil and uranium is fantastically good.’
    • ‘Even the Old West eventually transitioned to laws, courts, police, and jails.’
    • ‘My personal toughest spot in transitioning so far has been a fairly sleepless night just before my first day back at work.’
    • ‘In the coming decades we will slowly be transitioning into a hydrogen economy, eliminating the need for fossil fuels.’
    • ‘I do have to give him credit, though, for transitioning into siblinghood with absolutely no problems.’
    • ‘Like most photographers I am rapidly transitioning to digital.’
    • ‘The works moved through three decades and transitioned gently from the traditional to the genuinely radical.’
    • ‘After 1945, the war industries quickly transitioned to peaceful purposes, and the recovery proceeded.’
    • ‘A team approach can assist patients transitioning to insulin therapy.’
    • ‘I chose to start my career in another industry and transitioned into entertainment at a more senior level.’
    • ‘Each of us is in the process of transitioning our weaknesses into strengths, some faster than others, some slower than others.’
    • ‘All the stimulation and conversations made transitioning back to work at my day job quite difficult.’
    • ‘We're really excited to have him this time because his career is actually transitioning right now.’
    1. 1.1no object Adopt permanently the outward or physical characteristics of the gender one identifies with, as opposed to those associated with one's birth sex.
      ‘once the decision was finally made to transition, she was overwhelmed with the support from her immediate family’
      • ‘Grace transitioned two years ago.’
      • ‘Except for Moll, a woman who identifies as a man, the films' transgender subjects are transitioning from male to female.’
      • ‘When you transitioned into your own sexual identity, how did your success in that transition inform you about the subject matter of this film?’
      • ‘Jones, a fully transitioned, transplanted New Yorker, simply wants to be treated like an ordinary woman.’
      • ‘The Berkeley High School senior transitioned from female to male starting in his sophomore year.’
      • ‘Were you thinking about transitioning to become a male?’
      • ‘Billie's mother is planning to transition from female to male.’
      • ‘She's only recently transitioned in the past six months - she had male to female genital reassignment surgery.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin transitio(n-), from transire ‘go across’.

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