American English

Definition of switch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they switch
    he / she / it switches
    past simple switched
    -ing form switching
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to change or make something change from one thing to another switch (over) (from something) (to something) We're in the process of switching over to a new system of invoicing. switch between A and B Press these two keys to switch between documents on the screen. switch something (over) (from something) (to something) The meeting is being switched to next week. When did you switch jobs?
  2. 2[transitive] to exchange one thing for another synonym swap switch something The dates of their next two games have been switched. switch something over/around I see you've switched the furniture around (= changed its position). switch something with something Do you think she'll notice if I switch my glass with hers? switch something (with somebody) Can I switch places with you?
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to do someone else's job for a short time or work during different hours so that they can do your job or work during your usual hours synonym swap switch (with somebody) I can't work next weekend—will you switch with me? switch something (with somebody) Have you been able to switch your shift with anyone? switch (something) (over/around) Can we switch our shifts around?
  4. Idioms
    change/switch horses in midstream
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    to change to a different or new activity while you are in the middle of something else; to change from supporting one person or thing to another
    Phrasal Verbsswitch offswitch off/on
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: switch