Definition of transpose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    transpose

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊz//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they transpose
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊz//
     
    he / she / it transposes
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple transposed
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊzd//
     
    past participle transposed
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊzd//
     
    -ing form transposing
    BrE BrE//trænˈspəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈspoʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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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 England.
  3. 3transpose something (music) to write or play a piece of music or a series of notes in a different key
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘transform, convert’): from Old French transposer, from trans- ‘across’ + poser ‘to place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: transpose