Change [cheynj]

Source: Unabridged

verb (used with object)

  1. 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.
  2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into ): The witch changed the prince into a toad.
  3. 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.
  4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.
  5. to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: You’ll have to change planes in Chicago.
  6. to give or get smaller money in exchange  for: to change a five-dollar bill.
  7. to give or get foreign money in exchange  for: to change dollars into francs.
  8. to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.verb (used without object)

  9. to become different: Overnight the nation’s mood changed.
  10. to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.
  11. to become transformed or converted (usually followed by into ): The toad changed into a prince again.
  12. to pass gradually into (usually followed by to  or into ): Summer changed to autumn.
  13. to make a change or an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I’ll change with you.
  14. to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.
  15. to change one’s clothes: She changed into jeans.
  16.  (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.
  17.  (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.
  18. the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed.
  19. a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression.
  20. a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine.
  21. the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.
  22. variety or novelty: Let’s try a new restaurant for a change.
  23. the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change.
  24. Jazz . harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation.
  25. the supplanting of one thing by another.
  26. anything that is or may be substituted for another.
  27. a fresh set of clothing.
  28. money given in exchange  for an equivalent of higher denomination.
  29. a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.
  30. coins of low denomination.
  31. any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
  32. Also, ‘change. British . exchange ( def. 10 ) .
  33. Obsolete . changefulness;  caprice.

Verb phrase

  1. change off,
    1. to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
    2. to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.


  1. change front, Military . to shift a military force in another direction.
  2. change hands. hand ( def. 47 ) .
  3. change one’s mind, to change one’s opinions or intentions.
  4. ring the changes,
    1. to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church. T
    2. 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.

4.  trade.

7.  convert.

10.  vary, mutate, amend.

18.  transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude.

21.  exchange.

25, 26.  replacement.


10.  remain. 18.  permanence.

change  (tʃeɪndʒ) 

Source: Collins World English Dictionary

— vb  (sometimes foll by to or  into ) (when intr, may be foll by  into or  out of )

  1. to make or become different; alter
  2. ( tr ) to replace with or exchange for another: to change one’s name
  3. to transform or convert or be transformed or converted
  4. to give and receive (something) in return; interchange: to change places with someone
  5. ( tr ) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency
  6. ( tr ) to remove or replace the coverings of: to change a baby
  7. to put on other clothes
  8. ( intr ) (of the moon) to pass from one phase to the following one
  9. to operate (the gear lever of a motor vehicle) in order to alter the gear ratio: to change gear
  10. to alight from (one bus, train, etc) and board another
  11. 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
  12. informal change feet  to put on different shoes, boots, etc
  13. change front
    1. military  to redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
    2. to alter one’s attitude, opinion, etc
  14. change hands  to pass from one owner to another
  15. change one’s mind  to alter one’s decision or opinion
  16. change one’s tune  to alter one’s attitude or tone of speech
  17. the act or fact of changing or being changed
  18. a variation, deviation, or modification
  19. the substitution of one thing for another; exchange
  20. anything that is or may be substituted for something else
  21. variety or novelty (esp in the phrase for a change ): I want to go to France for a change
  22. a different or fresh set, esp of clothes
  23. money given or received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or in a different currency
  24. the balance of money given or received when the amount tendered is larger than the amount due
  25. coins of a small denomination regarded collectively
  26. archaic  ( often capital ) a place where merchants meet to transact business; an exchange
  27. the act of passing from one state or phase to another
  28. the transition from one phase of the moon to the next
  29. the order in which a peal of bells may be rung
  30. sport  short for changeover
  31. slang  desirable or useful information
  32. obsolete  fickleness or caprice
  33. change of heart  a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc
  34. slang get no change out of someone  not to be successful in attempts to exploit or extract information from someone
  35. 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

Slang Dictionary

change definition


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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