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

      

    change

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    BrE BrE//tʃeɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪndʒ//
     
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] change (in/to something) the act or result of something becoming different a change in the weather important changes to the tax system There was no change in the patient's condition overnight. She is someone who hates change. social/political/economic change
  2. something new and interesting
  3. 2  a change [singular] change (from something) the fact of a situation, a place or an experience being different from what is usual and therefore likely to be interesting, enjoyable, etc. Finishing early was a welcome change. Let's stay in tonight for a change. Can you just listen for a change? It makes a change to read some good news for once.
  4. replacing something
  5. 3  [countable] change (of something) | change (from something to something) the process of replacing something with something new or different; a thing that is used to replace something a change of address a change of government a change from agriculture to industry There will be a crew change when we land at Dubai. (British English) Let's get away for the weekend. A change of scene (= time in a different place) will do you good.
  6. of clothes
  7. 4change of clothes, etc. [countable] an extra set of clothes, etc. She packed a change of clothes for the weekend. I keep a change of shoes in the car.
  8. money
  9. 5  [uncountable] the money that you get back when you have paid for something giving more money than the amount it costs Don't forget your change! That's 40p change. The ticket machine gives change. See related entries: Cost and payment
  10. 6  [uncountable] coins rather than paper money Do you have any change for the parking meter? a dollar in change (= coins that together are worth one dollar) I didn't have any small change (= coins of low value) to leave as a tip. He puts his loose change in a money box for the children. Could you give me change for a ten pound note (= coins or notes that are worth this amount)? Synonymsmoneycash changeThese are all words for money in the form of coins or paper notes.money money in the form of coins or paper notes:I counted the money carefully. Where can I change my money into dollars? paper money(= money that is made of paper, not coins)cash money in the form of coins or paper notes:How much cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by cheque or in cash.money or cash?If it is important to contrast money in the form of coins and notes and money in other forms, use cash:How much money/​cash do you have on you? Payments can be made by cheque or in money. Customers are offered a discount if they pay money.change the money that you get back when you have paid for something giving more money than the amount it costs; coins rather than paper money:The ticket machine doesn’t give change. I don’t have any small change(= coins of low value).Patterns to draw out/​get out/​take out/​withdraw money/​cash ready money/​cash (= money that you have available to spend immediately) See related entries: Cost and payment
  11. of bus/train/plane
  12. 7[countable] an occasion when you go from one bus, train or plane to another during a journey The journey involved three changes.
  13. in a woman's life
  14. 8the change [singular] (informal) = menopause
  15. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latin cambiare, from Latin cambire ‘barter’, probably of Celtic origin.Extra examples A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change. Ask the cashier if she has change for €20. Businesses have to adapt to change. Courses offered in schools reflect changes in the job market. He called for a change of mood in Scottish politics. He emptied his pockets of loose change. He made a rapid gear change as he approached the bend. He needs to show a change in attitude if he is to succeed. He said he’s not coming, but he might have a change of heart. How far does war bring about social change? I checked my change before leaving the store. I had around £25 in change. I made a couple of minor changes to my opening paragraph. I need to make some drastic changes in my life. I needed a change of scene after being in the job for so long. I reckon we’ve all made a big change for the better. I told the taxi driver to keep the change. I usually take the bus to school, but today I walked for a change. I’ve got about 25 dollars in change. I’ve seen many changes since I started farming. In the current climate of change, adaptability is vital. It made a pleasant change not having to work. Major economic changes have occurred recently. Take a change of clothes in case you get dirty. Television has undergone a sea change in the last two years. The eighties were a period of great change in publishing. The last few years have seen a change in attitudes to single parents. The manual work made a welcome change from his previous job as a telephone operator. The meal left me with not much change from $200. The president realized he could not hold back the tide of change, and resigned. The report called for sweeping changes to the health system. The research will measure any changes in the children’s sleep patterns. These policies are designed to combat the effects of climate change. These reforms have brought about significant changes in the overall economy. This machine does not give change. Train times are subject to change without notice. We are going to introduce a few changes to the system. We resist change because of fear of the unknown. Young people are more willing to embrace change. net change in incomes the change from the old to the new system the need for a culture change within the industry Can you give me change for a ten pound note? Do you have any change for the ticket machine? Don’t forget your change! Finishing early was a welcome change. He puts his loose change in a money box for the children. I didn’t have any small change to leave as a tip. Let’s stay in tonight for a change. That’s 40p change. The ticket machine doesn’t give change. There was no change in the patient’s condition overnight. We need to inform you of important changes to the tax system. We’re hoping for a change in the weather. a dollar in changeIdioms
    a change for the better/worse
     
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    a person, thing, situation, etc. that is better/worse than the previous or present one Voters see the new leader as a change for the better.
    if you have a change of heart, your attitude towards something changes, usually making you feel more friendly, helpful, etc. Dan did not want to get married but recently he’s had a change of heart. an act of changing what you think about a situation, etc.
    get no change out of somebody
     
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    (British English, informal) to get no help or information from somebody We got no change out of the legal department.
    ring the changes (with something)
     
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    (British English) to make changes to something in order to have greater variety Ring the changes with a new colour.
    a wind/the winds of change
     
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    (used especially by journalists) an event or a series of events that has started to happen and will cause important changes or results A wind of change was blowing through the banking world.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: change