October 23, 2014
- transition (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a changing from one state, stage, place, or subject to another2 : a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another
- How do you use it?
- Careful planning resulted in a smooth transition when the new owners took control of the company.
- Are you a word wiz?
At the root of "transition" we find the Latin word "transire." What do you think "transire" means?The word "transition" has to do with change, so it is fitting that it has its roots in the Latin word "transire," meaning "to cross, pass by." Like "transition," other "transire" descendants involve change. For example, if something is "transient" or "transitory," it does not last or stay long. If something "transits," it passes over, through, or across. We can trace "transire" back further to its Latin origins in the combination of the word "trans," meaning "across, beyond," and the word "ire," meaning "to go."