transpose

verb
trans·​pose | \ tran(t)s-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

Definition of transpose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to change the relative place or normal order of : alter the sequence of transpose letters to change the spelling
2 : to change in form or nature : transform
3 : to render into another language, style, or manner of expression : translate
4 : to transfer from one place or period to another : shift
5 : to write or perform (a musical composition) in a different key
6 : to bring (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other with change of sign

transpose

noun
trans·​pose | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \

Definition of transpose (Entry 2 of 2)

: a matrix formed from another matrix by interchanging the rows and columns

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Other Words from transpose

Verb

transposable \ tran(t)s-​ˈpō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce transposable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning. reversed his position on the trade agreement transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position. transposed the letters to form an anagram invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out. the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

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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.

Examples of transpose in a Sentence

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Warren’s foreign policy proposals square this circle by transposing her domestic economic pitch to the international level. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "Do the Democrats Have a Foreign Policy?," 16 Jan. 2020 These same qualities, transposed to the art of painting and dialed up to an extraordinary pitch of aesthetic intensity, underpin the distinct achievements of Velázquez and Rembrandt. Washington Post, "Buried deep in a disappointing Rembrandt and Velázquez show are two portraits that demand to be seen," 8 Nov. 2019 And the result is something like a protofeminist Mad Men transposed to the world of international espionage — all excellent midcentury style and intrigue set against real, indelible history. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "The Secrets We Kept is a crackling, female-centered spy thriller rooted in real life," 28 Aug. 2019 This finicky work—sometimes transposing a hold by an inch, or rotating it by a few degrees, turning a move from undoable to easy—lasted into the night and continued the next morning. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 Deepfake technology, which has been used to transpose celebrities into pornographic videos, has come under criticism because it could be used to maliciously produce fake political videos. Editors, USA TODAY, "House impeachment vote, college football early signing period: 5 things to know Wednesday," 18 Dec. 2019 Burnap, 28, originated the role in the original award-winning London production, which transposes E.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End to 21st-century New York to tell the story of a group of gay men from various generations. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "The Inheritance's Andrew Burnap Lives His Life to the 'Fullest' in Broadway's 7-Hour Epic," 18 Dec. 2019 About that era: Norton transposed the time period of the novel from 1999 to 1957. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Motherless Brooklyn’ review: Solid, enjoyable mystery flick written and directed by Edward Norton," 31 Oct. 2019 The phone numbers have two digits transposed and this is a mistake. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "Students called a suicide hotline listed on their ID cards. It was sex hotline instead.," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Visual-effects studios in Hollywood transpose actors’ faces onto the bodies of fitter, more disposable stunt doubles. The Economist, "A faked video of Donald Trump points to a worrying future," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of transpose

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transpose

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French transposer, from Latin transponere (perfect indicative transposui) to change the position of, from trans- + ponere to put, place — more at position

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The first known use of transpose was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

3 Feb 2020

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“Transpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transpose. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for transpose

transpose

verb
How to pronounce transpose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transpose

: 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

transpose

verb
trans·​pose | \ trans-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

Kids Definition of transpose

1 : to change the position or order of Transpose the letters in “tow” to spell “two.”
2 : to write or perform in a different musical key

transpose

verb
trans·​pose | \ tran(t)s-ˈpōz How to pronounce transpose (audio) \
transposed; transposing

Medical Definition of transpose

transitive verb

: to transfer from one place or period to another specifically : to subject to genetic transposition

intransitive verb

: to undergo genetic transposition

Other Words from transpose

transposable \ -​ˈpō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce transposable (audio) \ adjective

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