Pronunciation Verb

change (changes, present participle changing; past and past participle changed)

  1. (intransitive) To become something different.
    The tadpole changed into a frog.   Stock prices are constantly changing.
  2. (transitive, ergative) To make something into something else.
    The fairy changed the frog into a prince.   I had to change the wording of the ad so it would fit.
  3. (transitive) To replace.
    Ask the janitor to come and change the lightbulb.   After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive) To replace the clothing of (the one wearing it).
    It's your turn to change the baby.
  6. (intransitive) To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
  7. (archaic) To exchange.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      At the first sight / they have changed eyes. (exchanged looks)
    • 1662 Sir Thomas Salusbury, 2nd Baronet, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      I would give any thing to change a word or two with this person.
  8. (transitive) To change hand while riding (a horse).
    to change a horse
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  1. (countable, uncountable) The process of becoming different.
    The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.
  2. (uncountable) Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.
    Can I get change for this $100 bill please?
  3. (countable) A replacement, e.g. a change of clothes
  4. (uncountable) Balance of money returned from the sum paid after deducting the price of a purchase.
    A customer who pays with a 10-pound note for a £9 item receives one pound in change.
  5. (uncountable) Usually coins (as opposed to paper money), but sometimes inclusive of paper money
    Do you have any change on you? I need to make a phone call.
    This bus ride requires exact change.
  6. (countable) A transfer between vehicles.
    The train journey from Bristol to Nottingham includes a change at Birmingham.
  7. (baseball) A change-up pitch.
  8. (campanology) Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
    • Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing.
  9. (dated) A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; an exchange.
  10. (Scotland, dated) A public house; an alehouse.
    • They call an alehouse a change.
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  • Russian: переса́дка

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