- 1 [intransitive] to become different Rick hasn't changed. He looks exactly the same as he did at school. changing attitudes towards education Her life changed completely when she won the lottery.
- 2 [transitive] change somebody/something to make somebody/something different Fame hasn't really changed him. Computers have changed the way people work.
- 3 [intransitive, transitive] to pass or make somebody/something pass from one state or form into another Wait for the traffic lights to change. change (from A) to/into B The lights changed from red to green. Caterpillars change into butterflies. change somebody/something (from A) to/into B With a wave of her magic wand, she changed the frog into a handsome prince.
- 4 [transitive] change something to stop having one state, position or direction and start having another Leaves change colour in autumn. The wind has changed direction. Our ship changed course. replace
- 5 [transitive] to replace one thing, person, service, etc. with something new or different change somebody/something I want to change my doctor. That back tyre needs changing. change somebody/something (for somebody/something) We change our car every two years. We changed the car for a bigger one. change something (to something) Marie changed her name when she got married. She changed her name to his. exchange
- 6 [transitive] (used with a plural object) to exchange positions, places, etc. with somebody else, so that you have what they have, and they have what you have change something At half-time the teams change ends. Can we change seats? change something with somebody Can I change seats with you? clothes
- 7 [intransitive, transitive] to put on different or clean clothes I went into the bedroom to change. change into something She changed into her swimsuit. change out of something You need to change out of those wet things. change something (especially North American English) I didn't have time to change clothes before the party. (especially British English) I didn't have time to get changed before the party (= to put different clothes on). baby
- 8[transitive] change somebody/something to put clean clothes or a clean nappy / diaper on a baby She can't even change a nappy. The baby needs changing. There are baby changing facilities in all our stores. bed
- 9[transitive] change something to put clean sheets, etc. on a bed to change the sheets Could you help me change the bed? money
- 10 [transitive] to exchange money into the money of another country change something Where can I change my traveller's cheques? change something into something to change dollars into yen
- 11 [transitive] to exchange money for the same amount in different coins or notes change something Can you change a £20 note? change something for/into something to change a dollar bill for four quarters goods
- 12 [transitive] change something (for something) (British English) to exchange something that you have bought for something else, especially because there is something wrong with it; to give a customer a new item because there is something wrong with the one they have bought This shirt I bought's too small—I'll have to change it for a bigger one. Of course we'll change it for a larger size, Madam. bus/train/plane
- 13 [intransitive, transitive] to go from one bus, train, etc. to another in order to continue a journey Where do I have to change? Change at Reading (for London). change something I stopped in Moscow only to change planes. See related entries: Plane travel, Train and bus travel see also unchanging Word Origin Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latin cambiare, from Latin cambire
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BrE BrE//tʃeɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪndʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they change
BrE BrE//tʃeɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪndʒ//he / she / it changes
BrE BrE//ˈtʃeɪndʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeɪndʒɪz//past simple changed
BrE BrE//tʃeɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪndʒd//past participle changed
BrE BrE//tʃeɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪndʒd//-ing form changing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃeɪndʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃeɪndʒɪŋ//Plane travel, Train and bus travel