A butterfly completing its change from a caterpillar.
- The definition of a change is the act becoming different.
An example of change is how a flower looks the morning after it blooms.
- Change means to replace one thing for another or to become different.
- An example of change is someone getting five one dollar bills for a five dollar bill.
- An example of change is someone getting a new hair cut.
- An example of change is a girl becoming a woman.
transitive verbchanged, chang′ing
- to put or take (a thing) in place of something else; substitute for, replace with, or transfer to another of a similar kind: to change one's clothes, to change jobs
- to give and receive reciprocally; exchange; switch: let's change seats
- to cause to become different; alter; transform; convert: success changed him
- to undergo a variation of: leaves change color
- to give or receive the equivalent of (a coin or bank note) in currency of lower denominations or in foreign money
- to put a fresh, replacement covering, as a diaper or bedclothes, on
Origin of changeMiddle English changen from Old French changier from Late Latin cambiare from Classical Latin cambire, to exchange, barter from Celtic (as in Old Irish camb) from Indo-European base an unverified form kamb-, to bend, crook (from source Welsh cam, Breton kamm, crooked)
- to become different; alter; vary: the scene changes
- to undergo alteration or replacement
- to pass from one phase to another, as the moon
- to become lower in range: said specif. of the male voice at puberty
- to leave one train, bus, etc. and board another
- to put on other clothes
- to make an exchange
- the act or process of substitution, alteration, or variation
- absence of monotony; variety
- something that is or may be substituted; something of the same kind but new or fresh
- another set of clothes, esp. a fresh set to put on
- money returned as the difference between the price of something bought and the bill or coin of larger denomination given in payment
- a number of coins or bills whose total value equals a single larger coin or bill
- coins of small denomination
- a place where merchants meet to do business; exchangealso written 'change
- [usually pl.] in bell ringing, any pattern or order in which the bells may be rung
ring the changes
- to ring a set of bells with all possible variations
- to do or say a thing in many and various ways
verbchanged, chang·ing, chang·es
- a. To cause to be different: change the spelling of a word.b. To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform: changed the yard into a garden.
- To give and receive reciprocally; interchange: change places.
- To exchange for or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category: change one's name; a light that changes colors.
- a. To lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch: change methods; change sides.b. To transfer from (one conveyance) to another: change planes.
- To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency.
- To put a fresh covering on: change a bed; change the baby.
- To become different or undergo alteration: He changed as he matured.
- To undergo transformation or transition: The music changed to a slow waltz.
- To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons.
- To make an exchange: If you prefer this seat, I'll change with you.
- To transfer from one conveyance to another: She changed in Chicago on her way to the coast.
- To put on other clothing: We changed for dinner.
- To become deeper in tone: His voice began to change at age 13.
- The act, process, or result of altering or modifying: a change in facial expression.
- The replacing of one thing for another; substitution: a change of atmosphere; a change of ownership.
- A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another: the change of seasons.
- Something different; variety: ate early for a change.
- A different or fresh set of clothing.
- a. Money of smaller denomination given or received in exchange for money of higher denomination.b. The balance of money returned when an amount given is more than what is due.c. Coins: had change jingling in his pocket.
- Music a. A pattern or order in which bells are rung.b. In jazz, a change of harmony; a modulation.
- A market or exchange where business is transacted.
Origin of changeMiddle English changen from Norman French chaunger from Latin cambiāre, cambīre to exchange probably of Celtic origin
- (countable) The process of becoming different.
- The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.
- (uncountable) Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.
- Can I get change for this $100 bill please?
- (countable) A replacement, e.g. a change of clothes
- (uncountable) 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 £9 item receives one pound in change.
- (countable) A transfer between vehicles.
- The train journey from Bristol to Nottingham includes a change at Birmingham.
- (baseball) A change-up pitch.
- Adjectives often applied to "change": big, small, major, minor, dramatic, drastic, rapid, slow, gradual, radical, evolutionary, revolutionary, abrupt, sudden, unexpected, incremental, social, economic, organizational, technological, personal, cultural, political, technical, environmental, institutional, educational, genetic, physical, chemical, industrial, geological, global, local, good, bad, positive, negative, significant, important, structural, strategic, tactical.
(third-person singular simple present changes, present participle changing, simple past and past participle changed)
- (intransitive) To become something different.
- The tadpole changed into a frog. Stock prices are constantly changing.
- (ergative) To make something into something different.
- The fairy changed the frog into a prince. I had to change the wording of the ad so it would fit.
- To replace.
- Ask the janitor to come and change the lightbulb. After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.
- (intransitive) To replace one's clothing.
- You can't go into the dressing room while she's changing. The clowns changed into their costumes before the circus started.
- (intransitive) To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
- (archaic) To exchange.
As a verb, via Middle English cha(u)ngen, from Anglo-Norman chaunger, from Old French changier (compare modern French changer), from Late Latin cambiāre, from Latin cambīre, present active infinitive of cambiō (“exchange, barter”), of Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *kamb- (“crooked, bent”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱamb-, *(s)kamb- (“crooked”). Cognate with Italian cambiare, Portuguese cambiar, Romanian schimb, Spanish cambiar. Used in English since the 13th Century.