Definitions for Changetʃeɪndʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

change*tʃeɪndʒ(v.; n.)changed, chang•ing

  1. (v.t.)to make different in form:

    to change one's name.

  2. to transform (usu. fol. by into):

    The witch changed the prince into a toad.

  3. to exchange for another or others:

    to change shoes.

  4. to give and take reciprocally:

    to change places with someone.

  5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another.

  6. to give or get smaller money in exchange for.

  7. to give or get foreign money in exchange for.

  8. to remove and replace the coverings or garments of:

    to change a bed; to change a baby.

  9. (v.i.)to become different:

    The nation's mood has changed.

  10. to become altered or modified:

    Colors change when exposed to the sun.

  11. to become transformed (usu. fol. by into):

    The toad changed back into a prince.

  12. to pass gradually into (usu. fol. by to or into):

    Summer changed to autumn.

  13. to make an exchange.

  14. to transfer between conveyances.

  15. to change one's clothes.

  16. (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.

    Category: Astronomy

  17. (of the voice) to become deeper in tone.

  18. 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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  19. (n.)the act of changing or the result of being changed.

  20. a transformation or modification:

    a change of expression.

  21. a variation or deviation:

    a change in one's routine.

  22. the substitution of one thing for another.

  23. a replacement or substitution.

  24. a fresh set of clothes.

  25. variety or novelty:

    He's not one who likes change.

  26. the passing from one state, phase, etc., to another:

    social change.

  27. a modulation in jazz.

    Category: Music and Dance

  28. the money returned when the sum offered in payment is larger than the sum due.

  29. coins of low denomination.

  30. any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.

    Category: Music and Dance

  31. Brit.

    Category: British

    Ref: exchange (def. 9). 10

Idioms for change:

  1. change one's mind,to modify or reverse one's opinions or intentions.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: change , alter both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing. To change is to make a material or radical difference or to substitute one thing for another of the same kind: to change a lock; to change one's plans. To alter is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usu. to preserve the identity: to alter a garment; to alter a contract.

Origin of change:

1175–1225; ME < AF, OF changer < LL cambiāre, L cambīre to exchange


Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alteration, modification(noun)

    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

    "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

  2. change(noun)

    a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event

    "he attributed the change to their marriage"

  3. change(noun)

    the action of changing something

    "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"

  4. change(noun)

    the result of alteration or modification

    "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains"

  5. change(noun)

    the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due

    "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"

  6. change(noun)

    a thing that is different

    "he inspected several changes before selecting one"

  7. change(noun)

    a different or fresh set of clothes

    "she brought a change in her overnight bag"

  8. change(noun)

    coins of small denomination regarded collectively

    "he had a pocketful of change"

  9. change(noun)

    money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency

    "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"

  10. variety, change(verb)

    a difference that is usually pleasant

    "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"

  11. change, alter, modify(verb)

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

    "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

  12. change(verb)

    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

    "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"

  13. change, alter, vary(verb)

    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

    "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

  14. switch, shift, change(verb)

    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

    "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

  15. change(verb)

    change clothes; put on different clothes

    "Change before you go to the opera"

  16. change, exchange, commute, convert(verb)

    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"

  17. exchange, change, interchange(verb)

    give to, and receive from, one another

    "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

  18. transfer, change(verb)

    change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

    "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"

  19. deepen, change(verb)

    become deeper in tone

    "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"

  20. change(verb)

    remove or replace the coverings of

    "Father had to learn how to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed linens"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. change(verb)ʃeɪndʒ

    to become or make different; = alter

    He's really changed since I last saw him.; I'm not going to change my opinion.; leaves that change from green to orange in the fall

  2. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to make a new decision

    I keep changing my mind about which one to buy.

  3. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to stop doing or using sth in order to do sth else

    to change from one school to another; I changed banks.

  4. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to talk about sth different

    She quickly changed the subject

  5. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to put on different clothes

    to change for dinner; to change clothes; I'll change into/out of my boots.; two minutes to get changed between scenes

  6. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to move from one vehicle to another during a journey

    to change planes in Hong Kong

  7. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to exchange money

    to change euros into dollars

  8. changeʃeɪndʒ

    to exchange goods you bought

    ***I'd like to change this for the blue one.

  9. change(noun)ʃeɪndʒ

    the act or result of changing; = alteration = modification

    changes in weather patterns; no change in her condition; to make some changes to the house

  10. changeʃeɪndʒ

    the replacement of one thing with another

    a change of clothing/clothes/socks; to make the change from communism to capitalism

  11. changeʃeɪndʒ

    money given back when you pay more than the cost of the item

    Give her $10 and you should get $3 change.; Keep the change.

  12. changeʃeɪndʒ

    money in coins not bills

    Do you have any change?

  13. changeʃeɪndʒ

    low value coins


  1. change(Noun)

    the process of becoming different.

    The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.

  2. change(Noun)

    a replacement, e.g. a change of clothes

  3. change(Noun)

    money given back when a customer hands over more than the exact price of an item.

    A customer who pays with a 10-pound note for a u00A39 item receives one pound in change.

  4. change(Noun)

    a transfer between vehicles

    The train journey from Bristol to Nottingham includes a change at Birmingham

  5. change(Noun)

    a change-up pitch

  6. change(Verb)

    To become something different.

  7. change(Verb)

    To make something into something different.

  8. change(Verb)

    To replace.

  9. change(Verb)

    To replace one's clothing.

  10. change(Verb)

    To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)

  11. change(Verb)

    To exchange.

  12. Origin: Via , from changier, compare French changer, from cambio, of origin, from kamb-, from (s)ḱamb-. Cognate with Italian cambiare, Portuguese cambiar, Romanian schimb, Spanish cambiar. Used in English since the 13th Century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Change(verb)

    to alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance

  2. Change(verb)

    to alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention

  3. Change(verb)

    to give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another

  4. Change(verb)

    specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill

  5. Change(verb)

    to be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better

  6. Change(verb)

    to pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night

  7. Change(verb)

    any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles

  8. Change(verb)

    a succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons

  9. Change(verb)

    a passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon

  10. Change(verb)

    alteration in the order of a series; permutation

  11. Change(verb)

    that which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another

  12. Change(verb)

    small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due

  13. Change(verb)

    a place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions

  14. Change(verb)

    a public house; an alehouse

  15. Change(verb)

    any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Change' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #450

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Change' in Written Corpus Frequency: #541

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Change' in Nouns Frequency: #48

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Change' in Verbs Frequency: #81

Translations for Change

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the process of becoming or making different

The town is undergoing change.

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