Synonyms & Antonyms of transpose

1 to change in form, appearance, or use
  • the snappy pop song was transposed into a ballad through a reworking of instrumentation and a change in key

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2 to change the place or position of
  • after the ex-governor's scandals belatedly came to light, his portrait was transposed to a quiet corner of the statehouse

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How does the verb transpose contrast with its synonyms?

The words invert and reverse are common synonyms of transpose. While all three words mean "to change to the opposite position," transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position.

transposed the letters to form an anagram

When could invert be used to replace transpose?

The synonyms invert and transpose are sometimes interchangeable, but invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out.

the number 9 looks like an inverted 6

In what contexts can reverse take the place of transpose?

The words reverse and transpose can be used in similar contexts, but reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning.

reversed his position on the trade agreement

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

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“Transpose.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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