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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.Placing and positioning an object 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.Playing musicSinging in generalWriting, reading and studying music
transposition
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌtræn.spəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us  
Placing and positioning an objectPlaying musicSinging in generalWriting, reading and studying music
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