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.
- 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
- 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 changed, 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.