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change

noun

  1. (happening)  an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
    Synonyms: alteration, modification, alt. [abbreviation]. Type of: happening
  2. (relation)  a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
    Type of: relation
  3. (action)  the action of changing something
    Type of: action
  4. (consequence)  the result of alteration or modification
    Type of: consequence
  5. (balance, money received)  the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
    Type of: hard cash
  6. (thing)  a thing that is different
    Type of: thing
  7. (article of clothing)  a different or fresh set of clothes
    Type of: article of clothing
  8. (coin)  coins of small denomination regarded collectively
    Type of: coin
  9. (money received, return)  money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
    Type of: hard cash
  10. (difference)  a difference that is usually pleasant
    Synonyms: variety. Type of: difference

verb

  1. (modify)  to cause to change; to make different; to cause a transformation
    Synonyms: alter, modify.
  2. (undergo, change)  to undergo a change; to become different in essence; to lose one's or its original nature
  3. (vary)  to become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    Synonyms: alter, vary.
  4. (lay aside, abandon)  to lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    Synonyms: shift, switch. Similar to: exchange
  5. (get dressed)  to change clothes; to put on different clothes
    Type of: get dressed. Similar to: switch
  6. (commute)  to exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    Synonyms: commute, convert, exchange. Type of: replace. Similar to: switch
  7. (interchange)  to give to, and receive from, one another
    Synonyms: exchange, interchange. Type of: transfer
  8. (travel)  to change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
    Synonyms: transfer. Type of: travel
  9. (deepen)  to become deeper in tone
    Synonyms: deepen.
  10. (remove, replace, coverings)  to remove or replace the coverings of
    Type of: replace

Etymology summary

As a noun, from Middle English chaunge, from Anglo-Norman chaunge, from Old...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

New World Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | 'change [sense-specific]

to put or take (a thing) in place of something else; substitute for, replace with, or transfer to another of a similar kind | to give and receive ... (27 of 289 words, 18 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/change

Collins Dictionary:

change | change face [sense-specific] | change feet [sense-specific] | change front [sense-specific] | change hands [sense-specific] | change one's mind [sense-specific] | change one's tune [sense-specific] | change of heart [sense-specific] | get no change out of someone [sense-specific] | ...

to make or become different; alter | [transitive] to replace with or exchange for another | [sometimes followed by] to or into to transform or convert ... (24 of 969 words, 35 definitions, 24 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/change

Oxford Dictionary:

change | the change | the change of life | Change | 'Change | changes | change address | change colour | change hands | ...

make or become different | [intransitive, with complement] : alter in terms of | (of traffic lights) move from one colour of signal to another | (of ... (24 of 907 words, 45 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/change

Macmillan British Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present] | all change | change direction/course | change ends | change for the better/worse | change gear/gears | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to become different, or to make someone or ... | [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing one thing and start doing something ... (20 of 873 words, 18 definitions, 34 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/change

Wikipedia:

Change [disambiguation]

may refer to: Impermanence, one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism | Social change, refers to an alteration in the social order of a society | Biological metamorphosis | Change (mathematics), the mathematical study of ... (37 of 711 words, 72 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | change front [sense-specific] | change hands [sense-specific] | change off [sense-specific] | change one's mind [sense-specific] | ring the changes [sense-specific] | change hands: hand [definition 34, sense-specific] | ...

to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it's or from what it would be if left alone. | to transform ... (26 of 587 words, 38 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/change

Merriam-Webster:

change [entry 1, verb] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | change hands | transfer [synonym, sense-specific] | break [synonym, sense-specific] | exchange [synonym, sense-specific] | alter [synonym, sense-specific] | transform [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make different in some particular; "alter" ; to make radically different; "transform" ; to give a different position, course, or direction to | to ... (24 of 491 words, 10 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/change

change [entry 2, noun] | changeup [synonym, sense-specific] | alteration [synonym, sense-specific] | substitution [synonym, sense-specific] | menopause [synonym, sense-specific] | exchange [synonym, sense-specific] | money [synonym, sense-specific] | transformation [synonym, sense-specific] | difference [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the act, process, or result of changing: as ; "alteration" ; ... | a fresh set of clothes | [British] "exchange" [sense-specific] | money in small ... (23 of 326 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/change show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present] | change off

To cause to be different | To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform | To give and receive reciprocally; interchange | To ... (22 of 374 words, 27 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/change

Cambridge Dictionary:

change [entry 1] | change your mind | change for the better | change places | change your ways

to make or become different, or to exchange one thing for another thing, especially of a similar type | "change your mind": to form a new opinion or ... (27 of 227 words, 5 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 1

change [entry 2]

to get off a train, bus, etc. and catch another in order to continue a journey (16 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 2

change [entry 3]

to get or give money in exchange for money, either because you want it in smaller units, or because you want the same value in foreign money (27 of 59 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 3

change [entry 4]

to remove one set of clothes and put a different set on yourself or a young child, especially a baby, or to remove dirty sheets from a bed and put ... (30 of 115 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 4

change [entry 5]

When the wind or the tide (the rise and fall of the sea) changes, it starts to move in a different direction (22 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 5

change [entry 6] | shift

([United States] "shift") to put a vehicle into a different gear, usually in order to change the speed at which it's moving (22 of 49 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 6

change [entry 7] | change of scene

when something becomes different, or the result of something becoming different | [singular] something which is pleasant or interesting because it's ... (20 of 146 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 7

change [entry 8]

money which is coins rather than notes | smaller units of money given in exchange for larger units of the same amount | the money which is returned to ... (27 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 8

change [entry 9] | a change of clothes | change of clothes

the action of putting on different clothes | "a change of clothes": a set of clothes as well as the ones that you are wearing (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 9

change [entry 10]

the action of getting off a train, bus, etc. and catching another in order to continue a journey (18 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 10

Wiktionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | transition [synonym, sense-specific] | transformation [synonym, sense-specific] | alter [synonym, sense-specific] | modify [synonym, sense-specific] | transform [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] The process of becoming different. | [uncountable] Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination. | [countable] A replacement, e.g. a change of clothes | [uncountable] Money given back when a customer hands over... (35 of 211 words, 12 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/change

Encarta Dictionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

to become different, or make something or somebody different | to exchange, substitute, or replace something | to pass or make something pass from one ... (23 of 787 words, 20 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596201​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

Origin: As a noun, from Middle English chaunge, from Anglo-Norman chaunge, from Old French change, from a derivative of the verb changier. See below for the verb form. See also exchange. | As a verb, via Middle English ... (36 of 92 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/change

Online Etymology:

change

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Old French changier "to change, alter", from Late Latin cambiare "to barter, exchange", from Latin cambire "to exchange, barter", ... (22 of 79 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

change | the change | the change of life | Change | 'Change | changes

Origin: Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer ... | sense-specific: with allusion to bell-ringing and the different orders in which ... (20 of 39 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/change

New World Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English changen from Old French changier from Late Latin cambiare from Latin cambire, to exchange, barter from ... (18 of 38 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/change

American Heritage Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/change

Collins Dictionary:

change

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French changier, from Latin cambīre to exchange, barter

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/change

Merriam-Webster:

change [entry 1, verb] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French changer, from Latin cambiare to exchange, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/change

Encarta Dictionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old French changer from late Latin cambiare from Latin cambire "exchange"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596201​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "change"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "change"

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Collins Dictionary:

change

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "change"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

change | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "change"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

change [verb] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle] | changes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "change"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/change

change [noun] | changes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "change"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

change [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "change"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "change"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/change 1

the Free Dictionary:

change

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "change"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "change"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "change" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

change | changes [plural] | changed [past tense] | changing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "change"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

change

Audio: North American pronunciation of "change"

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YourDictionary Audio:

change

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "change" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Change

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