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Definition of transpose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they transpose
    he / she / it transposes
    past simple transposed
    -ing form transposing
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  1. 1transpose something (formal) to change the order of two or more things synonym reverse Two letters were accidentally transposed and “gun” got printed as “gnu.”
  2. 2transpose something (from something) (to something) (formal) to move or change something to a different place or environment or into a different form synonym transfer The director transposes Shakespeare's play from 16th century Venice to present-day California.
  3. 3transpose something (music) to write or play a piece of music or a series of notes in a different key
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noun [countable, uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: transpose