Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “transpose”

See all translations

transpose

verb [T] uk   /trænˈspəʊz/ us    /-ˈspoʊz/
formal to change something from one position to another, or to exchange the positions of two things: In their latest production they have reworked "King Lear", transposing it to pre-colonial Africa. The confusion was caused when two numbers were accidentally transposed by a Social Security clerk. specialized music to play or write a piece of music in a different key (= set of musical notes based on a particular note) from the one used originally: The pianist transposed the song into C.
transposition
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌtræn.spəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  
Translations of “transpose”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使換位置, 使互換位置, 使變調…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使换位置, 使互换位置, 使变调…
(Definition of transpose from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of transpose?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “transpose” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More