- 1short-change somebody to give back less than the correct amount of money to somebody who has paid for something with more than the exact price I think I've been short-changed at the bar. Wordfinderbuy, discount, loyalty card, purchase, receipt, reduction, refund, short-change, store card, voucher See related entries: Cost and payment
- 2short-change somebody to treat somebody unfairly by not giving them what they have earned or deserve America is short-changing half its young adults by treating those who don’t attend college as failures.
BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they short-change
BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//he / she / it short-changes
BrE ; NAmEpast simple short-changed
BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//past participle short-changed
BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//-ing form short-changing
BrE ; NAmECost and payment