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 More often, European rules are transposed into each country’s law and applied by national watchdogs. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 On this occasion, Voltaire’s story of a young man who learns by roundabout globe-trotting that this is not the best of all possible worlds has been transposed to a, gulp, high school in 1992. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in ‘Candide’? I had to go to Philadelphia to catch this.," 21 June 2019 Images include a dual between Rey and Kylo Ren amid a stormy sea (transposed into a space backdrop on the poster). James Hibberd, EW.com, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 24 Aug. 2019 Arnett, transposing the metaphor out of the horror genre, closes the distance between viewer and viewed. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Then, the program automatically transposes the image onto an actor’s face from a selection of video clips in just a few seconds. Chris Paul, The Denver Post, "Viral Chinese app replaces your face with Leonardo DiCaprio’s in “deepfake” videos," 8 Sep. 2019 Thus began a 20-year effort to bring Lethem’s book to the big screen thanks in part to Norton’s desire, as both writer and director on the project, to transpose the novel from 1990s era New York to the 1950s. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edward Norton on 'Motherless Brooklyn's 20-Year Journey to Big Screen," 8 Sep. 2019 The issues seem to have transposed over to Maurizio Sarri, with reports in Italy frequently claiming Cancelo is behind Mattia De Sciglio on the depth chart. SI.com, "Joao Cancelo 'Completes' £32m-Plus-Danilo Move to Manchester City With Juventus," 4 Aug. 2019 Raftelis Manager Andrea Boehling said the error involved inadvertently transposing numbers during the noticing. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Directors to consider revising untreated water rate increases," 8 Aug. 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

27 Oct 2019

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“Transpose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transposing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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