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transition (n.)

mid-15c., from Latin transitionem (nominative transitio) "a going across or over," noun of action from past participle stem of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).

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Definitions of transition from WordNet
1
transition (n.)
the act of passing from one state or place to the next;
Synonyms: passage
transition (n.)
an event that results in a transformation;
Synonyms: conversion / changeover
transition (n.)
a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another;
transition (n.)
a musical passage moving from one key to another;
Synonyms: modulation
transition (n.)
a passage that connects a topic to one that follows;
2
transition (v.)
cause to convert or undergo a transition;
the company had to transition the old practices to modern technology
transition (v.)
make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another);
The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets
The adagio transitioned into an allegro
From wordnet.princeton.edu