transpose

If you transpose something, you change the order. You could transpose the phrases in that first sentence by writing, "You change the order if you transpose something."

In music, you also transpose when you change the key. When a song is a little high for you, you can transpose it to bring it down into your natural range. In math, to transpose is to move something from one side of an equation to another. In the equation x + 3 = 2y, you can solve for x by transposing the 3 to the other side of the equation, which will change its sign and give you x = 2y - 3.

Definitions of transpose
  1. verb
    change the order or arrangement of
    “Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word”
    synonyms: commute, permute
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    types:
    map, represent
    to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
    type of:
    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  2. verb
    cause to change places
    synonyms: counterchange, interchange
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality
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    type of:
    shift, transfer
    move around
  4. verb
    transfer from one place or period to another
    synonyms: transfer, transplant
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    type of:
    shift
    move from one setting or context to another
  5. verb
    exchange positions without a change in value
    synonyms: commute
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  6. noun
    a matrix formed by interchanging the rows and columns of a given matrix
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    type of:
    matrix
    (mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules
  7. verb
    put (a piece of music) into another key
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    type of:
    arrange, set
    adapt for performance in a different way
  8. verb
    change key
    “Can you transpose this fugue into G major?”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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