Definition of transpose
- transpose letters to change the spelling
I must have accidentally transposed the numbers when I dialed his phone number.
a story originally set in London that has been transposed to Paris for this film
a melody transposed to the key of C
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Though transposing two digits can be disastrous, transposing two letters in a word often doesn't matter too much. (You can prboalby raed tihs setnence witohut too mcuh toruble.) Transposing two words or sounds—as in "Can I sew you to another sheet?"—has been a good source of humor over the years. Doctors sometimes discover that something in the body—a nerve, an organ, etc.—has been transposed, or moved away from its proper place. For musicians, transposing means changing the key of a piece; if you can do this at a moment's notice, you've been well trained.
: to change the position or order of (two things)
: to change (something) by giving it a different form, using it in a different place or situation, etc.
music : to write or perform (a piece of music) in a different key
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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