Definition of transpose in English:


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Pronunciation: /transˈpəʊz
, trɑːns-, -nz-/


[with object]
  • 1Cause (two or more things) to exchange places: the situation might have been the same if the parties in opposition and government had been transposed
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    • When I tracked down Robyn's correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the last two digits.
    • About ten days later, I got a message from him on my answering machine. ‘They had transposed two of the numbers on your license plate.’
    • How often have you been typing something, and you accidentally transposed two different letters?
    interchange, exchange, switch, swap (round), transfer, reverse, invert, rearrange, reorder, turn about/around, change (round), move (around), substitute, trade, alter, convert
  • 2Transfer to a different place or context: an evacuation order transposed the school from Kent to Shropshire the themes are transposed from the sphere of love to that of work
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    • It embraced the themes of freedom and individuality and transposed them onto an urban, man-made context.
    • Of course, Durkheim did not directly transpose this rather slighting view of economic pursuits from the context of preliterate, tribal existence to that of more advanced societies.
    • The challenge remains, however, to transpose stories composed within an ancient context so that they are relevant in a modern one.
  • 2.1Write or play (music) in a different key from the original: the basses are transposed down an octave
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    • Traditionally a British brass instrument, she has had to learn how to transpose music for the horn, expanding her musical knowledge beyond what she may have anticipated.
    • It was probably done when the RCM parts were transposed down a fifth from the pitch still reproduced in the Durham organ part.
    • I haven't checked to see if any part has been transposed down, but it's immaterial, because one can take a 10-minute rest, then ‘splice in’ the most strenuous phrase.
  • 2.2 Mathematics Transfer (a term), with its sign changed, to the other side of an equation.
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    • On the other hand, if adjacent digits and are transposed, the transposition will go undetected when multiplied by the difference between their weights is a multiple of.
  • 2.3Translate into another language: a sequence of French tales transposed into English
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    • And it cannot be transposed into another language.
    • Just transpose the language into a different context and we're hearing a whole new set of meanings.
    • Beyond simply transposing the text into English, the translator and the company dedicated a lot of time to discussing the context of the script with the author.


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  • A matrix obtained from a given matrix by interchanging each row and the corresponding column: the new matrix is called the transpose of A
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    • The superscript denotes the transpose of a vector or a matrix.
    • To obtain the transpose of a matrix, the rows of the matrix become the columns and vice versa.
    • A' is the transpose matrix of A, in which rows of A are changed into columns of A'.



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  • Those of us who confess to a Whig disposition subconsciously cling to the belief that change and progress are transposable concepts.
  • The sequence alterations caused by RIP and gene conversion can obscure the evolutionary history of transposable elements.
  • The analyses of the distribution of transposable elements have shown practically as many different patterns as the number of studied elements.


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  • In this request, the Commission questioned the transposal of the Directive into Spanish law and its implementation.
  • Passengers on trains that need to go via Flinders Street first are most at risk of transposals.
  • The Czech Republic and Ireland have not yet communicated the measures for the transposal of this Directive into their national law.


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  • It was designed as a real-time instrument with six effects of its own, including transposer, accumulator, exaggerator, lo/hi filter and tracer.
  • This new music transposer and educational tool is designed to enhance students' mastery of music theory.
  • Both digital and analog transmitters and transposers can be remotely monitored and controlled.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'transform, convert'): from Old French transposer, from trans- 'across' + poser 'to place'.

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