"I will tell her in the morning," she promised herself, little dreaming what was to transpire ere the morrow dawned.
What the captain's intentions were did not transpire; they were known only to Francisco.
What they thought—which might have been interesting—did not transpire.
But that some very extraordinary event was about to transpire was evident to all.
However, nobody knows this, and they are very anxious these details should not transpire.
The rest hung about dispiritedly, and waited for what might transpire.
Even here the irony, for which the play is famous, begins to transpire.
There transpire those events which constitute the eras of our existence.
But before that day arrived another incident was to transpire.
So far as he was concerned, however, the secret did not at all transpire.
1590s, "pass off in the form of a vapor or liquid," from Middle French transpirer (mid-16c.), from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Figurative sense of "leak out, become known" is recorded from 1741, and the erroneous meaning "take place, happen" is almost as old, being first recorded 1755. Related: Transpired; transpiring.