change1 [ tʃeındʒ ] verb ***
▸ 1 become/make different
▸ 2 start something new
▸ 3 replace someone/something
▸ 4 put on different clothes
▸ 5 get on different vehicle
▸ 6 exchange money
1. ) intransitive or transitive to become different or to make someone or something different:
Some things never change.
After a few days the weather changed dramatically.
The law was changed in 1989.
the changing role of women in the workplace
change little (=not very much): The school has changed little since it was built 30 years ago.
change (something) from something to something: The town has changed from a small fishing port to a bustling tourist attraction.
a ) if the wind changes, it starts coming from a different direction
b ) to become a different color:
change color: The leaves are already starting to change color.
change from something to something: The signal changed from green to red.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to stop doing one thing and start doing something different:
Dave said he might change jobs.
change (something) to something: I changed the order to once a year instead of monthly.
Consumers are increasingly changing to low-fat milk.
3. ) transitive to replace something with a new or different thing:
I'm sick of these curtains, let's change them.
Can you help me change a tire?
a ) if you change a bed or change the sheets, you put clean sheets, covers, etc. on the bed
b ) if you change a baby or change its DIAPER, you take off the dirty diaper and put on a clean one
c ) if you change someone who performs a service for you, you use someone else:
Have you changed your hairdresser?
d ) BRITISH to EXCHANGE something you have bought
4. ) intransitive or transitive to take off the clothes or a piece of clothing you are wearing and put on different ones:
Wait, I'll go and change.
I took a bath and changed my clothes.
change into: You should change into some dry socks.
change out of: He went upstairs to change out of his good suit.
get changed: Do I have time to get changed before we go?
5. ) intransitive or transitive to leave one airplane, train, bus, etc. to get on another:
You'll have to change in Chicago.
We changed planes in Miami.
a ) all change BRITISH SPOKEN used for telling people on a train or bus that they must leave it because it is not going any farther
6. ) transitive to exchange money from one country for money with the same value from another country:
change something for/into something: I need to change some dollars into pesos.
a ) to exchange a bill or coin of high value for bills or coins of lower value:
Can anyone change a twenty-dollar bill?
change direction/course
1. ) to start doing something completely new or different:
Most students change direction during their first year.
2. ) to start moving in a different direction:
I felt the boat change direction.
change ends
if two opponents or teams change ends, they each move to the opposite half of a tennis COURT or football PITCH
change for the better/worse
to start being better/worse:
As the afternoon wore on, the weather changed for the worse.
change gear/gears
1. ) to start to work or develop in a different way or at a different speed:
With the business concluded, the convention changes gear and becomes like a huge party.
2. ) to start using a different GEAR when you are driving a car or riding a bicycle
change hands
1. ) if something changes hands, it gets a new owner:
The house has changed hands several times in the last few years.
2. ) if money changes hands, one person gives it to another as payment, sometimes in a dishonest way:
No money actually changed hands.
change your mind
to change a decision or an opinion:
Travis was about to say something, then changed his mind.
change your mind about: I've changed my mind about Steve.
change sides
to stop supporting one person or group in an argument and start supporting the other
change the subject
to stop talking about one thing and start talking about another, especially because the first thing is difficult or embarrassing in some way:
I can see that you're getting upset. Let's just change the subject.
change tack
to try to get what you want by using a different method:
He suddenly changed tack and lowered his asking price.
change your tune INFORMAL
to start saying something different about a subject or situation or behaving in a different way:
He soon changed his tune when he saw how angry I was.
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,change `down phrasal verb intransitive BRITISH
to start driving in a lower GEAR
`change ,into phrasal verb intransitive or transitive change into something
1. ) to stop being in one state, condition, or form and start being in another, or to make something do this:
At what point does boiling water change into vapor?
2. ) in stories, if a person or thing changes into something, or is changed into something, they become that thing by magic:
The frog changed into a handsome prince.
,change `over phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to stop doing or using one thing and start doing or using something else:
change over to: When did the school change over to the phonics system?
,change `up phrasal verb intransitive BRITISH
to start driving in a higher GEAR
change 2 [ tʃeındʒ ] noun ***
▸ 1 difference
▸ 2 when someone/something is replaced
▸ 3 enjoyable new activity
▸ 4 another set of clothes
▸ 5 small amounts of money
▸ 6 on a trip
1. ) count a situation in which something becomes different or you make something different:
A number of significant changes have taken place since the 1960s.
change in: a change in the law
change to: The report proposes some fundamental changes to the Social Security system.
undergo a change: The computer industry has undergone enormous changes in the last 20 years.
make a change: We made a few changes to the schedule for tomorrow's meeting.
a ) uncount the process by which things become different:
Older people sometimes find it hard to accept change.
a conference on climate change
2. ) count a situation in which one person or thing is replaced by another:
change of: There's been a change of plans.
a change of address
change from: the change from military to civilian rule
3. ) singular a new activity or experience that is different and enjoyable:
change from: Everyone needs a change from the same old routine.
4. ) count another set of clothes that you take with you so that you can wear them instead of the ones you are wearing, if necessary:
a change of clothes/clothing/socks/underwear etc.: It's going to be wet and muddy, so bring a change of clothes.
5. ) uncount the money that someone gives back to you when you give more money than it costs to buy something:
Here's your change.
keep the change: They told the cab driver to keep the change.
a ) coins instead of bills:
I'm sorry I don't have any change.
loose change: She opened her purse and took out a handful of loose change.
small change (=coins of low value): We'll need a couple of dollars in small change to pay for the rides.
in change: He had about $5 in change.
b ) change for if you have change for a bill or coin of high value, you have bills or coins of lower value that you can exchange for it:
Do you have change for a ten-dollar bill?
6. ) count a part of a trip when you leave one airplane, train, bus, etc. to get on another:
The trip takes five hours, with a change in Dallas.
a change for the better/worse
something new or different that will make a situation better/worse:
Mr. Appleby described the new legislation as definitely a change for the better.
a change of direction/course
1. ) a situation in which someone starts doing something completely new or different:
He was looking for a complete change of direction.
2. ) a situation in which a person or vehicle starts moving in a different direction
a change of heart
a situation in which you change your opinion about someone or something:
She seems to have had a change of heart about their future together.
a change of scene/scenery/air
a period of time that you spend in a different place in order to feel better or more healthy:
I needed a change of scene from the city.
for a change
instead of what usually happens:
Why don't you let me drive for a change?
It's nice to hear some good news for a change.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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