Define: Transition

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Definition: Transition

Quick Summary of Transition

The interim situation during a change of process, ownership, or other factor.

What is the dictionary definition of Transition?

Dictionary Definition

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

  1. The process of change from one form, state, style or place to another.
  2. A word or phrase connecting one part of a discourse to another.
  3. A brief modulation; a passage connecting two themes.
  4. A change from defense to attack, or attack to defense.
  5. A change between forward and backward motion without stopping.
  6. The process or act of changing from one gender role to another, or of bringing one’s outward appearance in line with one’s internal gender identity.
  7. To make a transition.
  8. To bring through a transition; to change.


Examples of Transition in a sentence

After the transition to the electronic records system, the CTO recommended that the finance department keep the accounts on paper as well as online for at least six months.
During the transition after the merger, several high-level executives were let go.
The soldier was transitioned from a combat role to a strategic role.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
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Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
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American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Transition are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February, 2020