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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
change /tʃeɪndʒ/USA pronunciation
v., changed, chang•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to (cause to) become different: [~ + object]She decided to change her name.[~ + object (+ from + object) + to + object]She changed her name (from Smetana) to Smithers.[no object]Things change.[~ + from + object + to + object]The mood changed from happiness to gloom.
- to (cause to) become something different;
transform: [~ + object + into + object]The witch changed the prince into a toad.[~ + into + object]His kids thought he changed into a grouchy old man.
- to exchange for another or others: [~ + object]I changed the lightbulb in the hall.
- to transfer from one (bus, etc.) to another: [~ + object]I changed buses and went on to Sixth Street.[no object]You have to change at 42nd Street for the shuttle.
- to give or get smaller money in exchange for:[~ + object (+ for + object)]Can you change this twenty for two fives and a ten?
- to give or get foreign money in exchange for:[~ + object + to/for + object]I need to change these American dollars to Tanzanian shillings.
- to remove and replace the coverings or clothes of: [~ + object]to change a baby.[no object; often:~ + out of/into]Let me change out of these work clothes into something more comfortable.
- the act of changing or the result of being changed: [countable]a change in her routine.[uncountable]no change in the patient's condition.
- a replacement or substitution:[countable]The car needs an oil change every 5,000 miles.
- a fresh set of clothes:[countable; usually singular]Be sure to pack a change of clothes for the trip.
- new and different things, actions, experiences;
novelty:[uncountable] We need to hire a person who adjusts easily to change.
- [uncountable] the passing from one state, condition, etc., to another: social change.
- the money returned when the amount offered in payment is larger than the amount owed:[uncountable]Your change from a dollar is sixteen cents.
- coins:[uncountable]rattling the change in his pocket.
chang•er, n. [countable]
- Idiomsfor a change, in order to do something differently from the usual way:The busy executive began to stay home for a change.
(chānj),USA pronunciation v., changed, chang•ing, n. v.t.
- to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone:to change one's name; to change one's opinion;to change the course of history.
- to transform or convert (usually fol. by into):The witch changed the prince into a toad.
- to substitute another or others for;
exchange for something else, usually of the same kind:She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.
- to give and take reciprocally;
interchange:to change places with someone.
- to transfer from one (conveyance) to another:You'll have to change planes in Chicago.
- to give or get smaller money in exchange for:to change a five-dollar bill.
- to give or get foreign money in exchange for:to change dollars into francs.
- to remove and replace the covering or coverings of:to change a bed; to change a baby.
- to become different:Overnight the nation's mood changed.
- to become altered or modified:Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.
- to become transformed or converted (usually fol. by into):The toad changed into a prince again.
- to pass gradually into (usually fol. by to or into):Summer changed to autumn.
- to make a change or an exchange:If you want to sit next to the window, I'll change with you.
- to transfer between trains or other conveyances:We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.
- to change one's clothes:She changed into jeans.
- (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.
- (of the voice) to become deeper in tone;
come to have a lower register:The boy's voice began to change when he was thirteen.
- change front, [Mil.]to shift a military force in another direction.
- Idiomschange hands. See hand (def. 34).
- change off:
- to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
- to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.
- Idiomschange one's mind, to change one's opinions or intentions.
(chān′jid nis, chānjd′-),USA pronunciation n.
- the act or fact of changing;
fact of being changed.
- a transformation or modification;
alteration:They noticed the change in his facial expression.
- a variation or deviation:a change in the daily routine.
- the substitution of one thing for another:We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.
- variety or novelty:Let's try a new restaurant for a change.
- Sociologythe passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another:a change of seasons; social change.
- Music and Dance[Jazz.]harmonic progression from one tonality to another;
- the supplanting of one thing by another.
- anything that is or may be substituted for another.
- a fresh set of clothing.
- money given in exchange for an equivalent of higher denomination.
- a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.
- coins of low denomination.
- Music and Danceany of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
- British TermsAlso, 'change. exchange (def. 10).
- Idiomsring the changes:
- Music and Danceto perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church.
- to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject;
repeat with variations.
- Anglo-French, Old French, noun, nominal derivative of the verb, verbal
- Late Latin cambiāre, Latin cambīre to exchange; (noun, nominal) Middle English cha(u)nge
- Anglo-French, Old French changer
- (verb, verbal) Middle English cha(u)ngen 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transmute, transform;
amend, modify. Change, alter both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To change is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was:to change one's opinion.To alter is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity:to alter a dress(to change a dress would mean to put on a different one).
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged replace, trade.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trade.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged convert.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vary, mutate, amend.
- 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude.
- 25.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exchange.
- 29, 30.See corresponding entry in Unabridged replacement.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged remain.
- 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged permanence.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
change /tʃeɪndʒ/ vb
- to make or become different; alter
- (transitive) to replace with or exchange for another: to change one's name
- sometimes followed by to or into: to transform or convert or be transformed or converted
- to give and receive (something) in return; interchange: to change places with someone
- (transitive) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency
- (transitive) to remove or replace the coverings of: to change a baby
- when intr, may be followed by into or out of: to put on other clothes
- to operate (the gear lever of a motor vehicle) in order to alter the gear ratio: to change gear
- to alight from (one bus, train, etc) and board another
See also change down
- the act or fact of changing or being changed
- a variation, deviation, or modification
- the substitution of one thing for another; exchange
- anything that is or may be substituted for something else
- variety or novelty (esp in the phrase for a change)
- a different or fresh set, esp of clothes
- money given or received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or in a different currency
- the balance of money given or received when the amount tendered is larger than the amount due
- coins of a small denomination regarded collectively
- (often capital) archaic a place where merchants meet to transact business; an exchange
- the act of passing from one state or phase to another
- the transition from one phase of the moon to the next
- the order in which a peal of bells may be rung
- change of heart ⇒ a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc
- get no change out of someone ⇒ slang not to be successful in attempts to exploit or extract information from someone
- ring the changes ⇒ to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated
, change upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French changier, from Latin cambīre to exchange, barterˈchangeless adj ˈchanger n