Change meaning

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The definition of a change is the act becoming different.

An example of change is how a flower looks the morning after it blooms.

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To put on other clothing.

We changed for dinner.

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To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons.
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To give and receive reciprocally; exchange; switch.

Let's change seats.

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To give and receive reciprocally; interchange.

Change places.

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(countable) The process of becoming different.

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

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Another set of clothes, esp. a fresh set to put on.
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To put a fresh covering on.

Change a bed; change the baby.

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To give or receive the equivalent of (a coin or bank note) in currency of lower denominations or in foreign money.
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To put on other clothes.
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To make an exchange.
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Something that is or may be substituted; something of the same kind but new or fresh.
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(uncountable) Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.

Can I get change for this $100 bill please?

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(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.

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(countable) A replacement, e.g. a change of clothes.
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To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency.
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To become different or undergo alteration.

He changed as he matured.

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(intransitive) To become something different.

The tadpole changed into a frog. Stock prices are constantly changing.

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(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.

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Ask the janitor to come and change the lightbulb. After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.

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(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.

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(intransitive) To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
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(archaic) To exchange.
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To become deeper in tone.

His voice began to change at age 13.

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The act, process, or result of altering or modifying.

A change in facial expression.

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The replacing of one thing for another; substitution.

A change of atmosphere; a change of ownership.

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A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another.

The change of seasons.

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Something different; variety.

Ate early for a change.

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A different or fresh set of clothing.
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A market or exchange where business is transacted.
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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.

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To put a fresh, replacement covering, as a diaper or bedclothes, on.
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To pass from one phase to another, as the moon.
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To become lower in range.
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To leave one train, bus, etc. and board another.
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The act or process of substitution, alteration, or variation.
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(countable) A transfer between vehicles.

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

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(baseball) A change-up pitch.
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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.

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

Change one's name; a light that changes colors.

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To undergo transformation or transition.

The music changed to a slow waltz.

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To make an exchange.

If you prefer this seat, I'll change with you.

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To transfer from one conveyance to another.

She changed in Chicago on her way to the coast.

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Absence of monotony; variety.
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A place where merchants meet to do business; exchange.
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In bell ringing, any pattern or order in which the bells may be rung.
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change hands
  • To pass from one owner to another.
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change (one's) mind
  • To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
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change (one's) tune
  • To alter one's approach or attitude.
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change off
  • To take turns.
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ring the changes
  • To ring a set of bells with all possible variations.
  • To do or say a thing in many and various ways.
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the change
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Origin of change

  • Middle English changen from Norman French chaunger from Latin cambiāre, cambīre to exchange probably of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • As a noun, from Middle English cha(u)nge, from Anglo-Norman chaunge, from Old French change, from a derivative of the verb changier. See below for the verb form. See also exchange.

    From Wiktionary