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verb (used with object)
- to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history.
- to transform or convert (usually followed by into ): The witch changed the prince into a toad.
- to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.
- to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.
- to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: You’ll have to change planes in Chicago.
- to give or get smaller money in exchange for: to change a five-dollar bill.
- to give or get foreign money in exchange for: to change dollars into francs.
- to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.verb (used without object)
- to become different: Overnight the nation’s mood changed.
- to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.
- to become transformed or converted (usually followed by into ): The toad changed into a prince again.
- to pass gradually into (usually followed by to or into ): Summer changed to autumn.
- to make a change or an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I’ll change with you.
- to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.
- to change one’s clothes: She changed into jeans.
- (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.
- (of the voice) to become deeper in tone; come to have a lower register: The boy’s voice began to change when he was thirteen.
- the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed.
- a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression.
- a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine.
- the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.
- variety or novelty: Let’s try a new restaurant for a change.
- the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change.
- Jazz . harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation.
- the supplanting of one thing by another.
- anything that is or may be substituted for another.
- a fresh set of clothing.
- money given in exchange for an equivalent of higher denomination.
- a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.
- coins of low denomination.
- any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
- Also, ‘change. British . exchange ( def. 10 ) .
- Obsolete . changefulness; caprice.
- 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.
- change front, Military . to shift a military force in another direction.
- change hands. hand ( def. 47 ) .
- change one’s mind, to change one’s opinions or intentions.
- ring the changes,
- to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church. T
- o vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English cha ( u ) ngen < Anglo-French, Old French changer < Late Latin cambiāre, Latin cambīre to exchange; (noun) Middle English cha ( u ) nge < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.
1. transmute, transform; vary, mutate; amend, modify. Change, alter both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To change is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was: to change one’s opinion. To alter is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity: to alter a dress ( to change a dress would mean to put on a different one).
3. replace, trade.
10. vary, mutate, amend.
18. transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude.
25, 26. replacement.
10. remain. 18. permanence.
Source: Collins World English Dictionary
— vb (sometimes foll by to or into ) (when intr, may be foll by into or out of )
- to make or become different; alter
- ( tr ) to replace with or exchange for another: to change one’s name
- to transform or convert or be transformed or converted
- to give and receive (something) in return; interchange: to change places with someone
- ( tr ) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency
- ( tr ) to remove or replace the coverings of: to change a baby
- to put on other clothes
- ( intr ) (of the moon) to pass from one phase to the following one
- 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
- change face to rotate the telescope of a surveying instrument through 180° horizontally and vertically, taking a second sighting of the same object in order to reduce error
- informal change feet to put on different shoes, boots, etc
- change front
- military to redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
- to alter one’s attitude, opinion, etc
- change hands to pass from one owner to another
- change one’s mind to alter one’s decision or opinion
- change one’s tune to alter one’s attitude or tone of speech
- 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 ): I want to go to France 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
- archaic ( often capital ) 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
- sport short for changeover
- slang desirable or useful information
- obsolete fickleness or caprice
- change of heart a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc
- slang get no change out of someone 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
[C13: from Old French changier, from Latin cambīre to exchange, barter]
Word Origin & History
early 13c., from O.Fr. changier, from L.L. cambiare, from L. cambire “to exchange, barter,” of Celtic origin, from PIE base *kamb- “to bend, crook.” The financial sense of “balance returned when something is paid for” is first recorded 1620s. Phrase change of heart is from 1828.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
money. (See also and change.) : It takes a lot of change to buy a car like that.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill.
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