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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
change /tʃeɪndʒ/USA pronunciation
v., changed, chang•ing,n.
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.
[~ + object ( + for + object)] to give or get smaller money in exchange for:Can you change this twenty for two fives and a ten?
[~ + object + to/for + object] to give or get foreign money in exchange for: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.
[countable] a replacement or substitution:The car needs an oil change every 5,000 miles.
[countable; usually singular] a fresh set of clothes:Be sure to pack a change of clothes for the trip.
[uncountable] new and different things, actions, experiences;
novelty: We need to hire a person who adjusts easily to change.
[uncountable] the passing from one state, condition, etc., to another: social change.
[uncountable] the money returned when the amount offered in payment is larger than the amount owed:Your change from a dollar is sixteen cents.
[uncountable] coins:rattling the change in his pocket.
- Idiomsfor a change, in order to do something differently from the usual way:The busy executive began to stay home for a change.
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