Definition of change verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    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
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    become/make different
  1. 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. 2  [transitive] change somebody/something to make somebody/something different Fame hasn't really changed him. Computers have changed the way people work.
  3. 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. 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.
  5. replace
  6. 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.
  7. exchange
  8. 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?
  9. clothes
  10. 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).
  11. baby
  12. 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.
  13. bed
  14. 9[transitive] change something to put clean sheets, etc. on a bed to change the sheets Could you help me change the bed?
  15. money
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. goods
  19. 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.
  20. bus/train/plane
  21. 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
  22. see also unchanging
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latin cambiare, from Latin cambire ‘barter’, probably of Celtic origin.Extra examples Attitudes to marriage are changing fast. Caracas changed from a small town into a busy city. Her voice changed subtly. His anger changed to sadness. Jane has changed a lot since she went to college. Our way of life has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Technology has forever changed the way businesses operate. The language is changing all the time. The place had changed out of all recognition. The town has actually changed very little in the last hundred years. Don’t keep changing the subject. Fame hasn’t really changed him. I didn’t change my name when I got married. I didn’t have time to change clothes before the party. Information technology has changed the way people work. It can be hard to get people to change their habits. Rick hasn’t changed. He looks exactly the same as he did at school. The fruit changes colour as it ripens. The storekeeper changed my dollar bill for four quarters. This incident changed the whole course of events. We examined changing attitudes towards education. We needed to change our dollars into the local currency. What made you change your mind? Where can I change my traveller’s cheques? With a wave of her wand, she changed the frog into a handsome prince.Idioms to pass to a different owner The house has changed hands several times.
    change 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
    change your/somebody’s mind
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     to change a decision or an opinion Nothing will make me change my mind.
    change/swap places (with somebody)
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to be in somebody else’s situation I'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone.
    (informal) to express a different opinion or behave in a different way when your situation changes Wait until it happens to him—he'll soon change his tune. to start to live or behave in a different way from before He was in trouble with the police as a teenager but now he’s completely changed his ways. (British English, informal) to keep changing your mind or what you are doing More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    a leopard cannot change its spots
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    (saying) people cannot change their character, especially if they have a bad character You didn’t really expect her to be on time, did you? A leopard can’t change its spots.
    Phrasal Verbschange backchange back (into something)change something back (into something)change downchange over (from something) (to something)change round somethingchange upchange something up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: change