- The definition of transpose is to mix two things up or cause them to change places with each other, or to rewrite music in a different key, or to change something to a new form or place it in a new context.
- When you mix up two numbers and put the first where the second should go, this is an example of a time when you transpose the numbers.
- When you rewrite a musical piece written in A flat into A minor, this is an example of a time when you transpose.
- to transfer or shift; now, specif., to change the usual, normal, relative, or respective order or position of; interchange: inadvertently transposed the e and the i in “weird”
- to transfer (an algebraic term) from one side of an equation to the other, reversing the plus or minus value
- to rewrite or play (a musical composition) in a different key or at another pitch level
- Obsolete to transform; convert
Origin: Middle English transposen from Middle French transposer (for Classical Latin transponere): see trans- and amp; pose
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verb trans·posed, trans·pos·ing, trans·pos·es verb, transitive
- To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange.
- To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See Synonyms at reverse.
- Mathematics To move (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other side, reversing its sign to maintain equality.
- Music To write or perform (a composition) in a key other than the original or given key.
- To render into another language.
- To alter in form or nature; transform.
- Music To write or perform music in a different key.
- To admit of being transposed.
Origin: Middle English transposen, to transform, from Old French transposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin trānspōnere, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
- trans·posˈa·ble adjective
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