1 change, alteration, metamorphosis, change-over, transformation, transmutation, mutation, development, evolution, conversion, modification, metastasis:
Tracing the transition from tadpole to frog is exciting for young pupils.
1 convert, paraphrase, change, rewrite, interpret, transcribe, render, decode, decipher, metaphrase:
Can you translate this German document?
2 transform, convert, change, mutate, turn, transmute, metamorphose, transubstantiate, alter, transmogrify:
Why are people always trying to translate the dross of reality into the gold of dreams?
3 interpret, rewrite, explain, reword, elucidate, spell out:
Can you translate this technical legal jargon into plain English?
4 transfer, convey, carry, move, transport, forward, ship, send, dispatch or despatch:
Soon after being made bishop of Worcester, he was translated to Winchester.
abrupt, immediate, rapid, sudden | direct | gradual, phased, slow | awkward, difficult, painful | easy, smooth | non-violent, orderly, peaceful
VERB + TRANSITION
bring about, cause, effect
The negotiators hoped to effect a smooth transition to an interim administration.
| complete, make
The company was slow to make the transition from paper to computer.
| undergo | mark
The ceremony marks the transition of the student to graduate status.
| ease, smooth
TRANSITION + VERB
occur, take place | be complete
Her transition from girl to woman was complete.
TRANSITION + NOUN
period, process | phase
during (the) ~
He will remain head of state during the transition to democracy.
| in ~
The country is in transition from an agricultural to an industrial society.
| ~ between
This training course aims to smooth the transition between education and employment.
| ~ from, ~ to
a period of transition, a process of transition, a state of transition
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