change

verb
\ ˈchānj How to pronounce change (audio) \
changed; changing

Definition of change

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make different in some particular : alter never bothered to change the will
b : to make radically different : transform can't change human nature
c : to give a different position, course, or direction to changed his residence from Ohio to California
2a : to replace with another let's change the subject
b : to make a shift from one to another : switch always changes sides in an argument
c : to exchange for an equivalent sum of money (as in smaller denominations or in a foreign currency) change a 20-dollar bill
d : to undergo a modification of foliage changing color
e : to put fresh clothes or covering on change a bed

intransitive verb

1 : to become different some things never change
2 : to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution winter changed to spring
3 : exchange, switch neither liked his seat so they changed with each other
4 : to put on different clothes need a few minutes to change for dinner
5 : to shift one's means of conveyance : transfer on the bus trip he had to change twice
6 of the voice : to shift to lower register : break His voice started to change when he turned 13.
7 of the moon : to pass from one phase (see phase entry 1 sense 1) to another
change hands
: to pass from the possession of one owner to that of another money changes hands many times

change

noun

Definition of change (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act, process, or result of changing: such as
a : alteration a change in the weather
b : transformation a time of vast social change going through changes
c : substitution a change of scenery
d : the passage of the moon from one monthly revolution (see revolution sense 1a) to another also : the passage of the moon from one phase (see phase entry 1 sense 1) to another
e : menopause
2a : money in small denominations received in exchange for an equivalent sum in larger denominations
b : money returned when a payment exceeds the amount due a cashier quick at making change
c : coins especially of low denominations a pocketful of change
d : a negligible additional amount only six minutes and change left in the game
e : money sense 1 cost a large chunk of change
3 : a fresh set of clothes
4 British : exchange sense 5a
5 : changeup
6 : an order in which a set of bells is struck in change ringing

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Other Words from change

Verb

changer noun

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Verb

change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another. changed the shirt for a larger size alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity. slightly altered the original design vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition. vary your daily routine modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose. modified the building for use by the disabled

Verb

change, alter, and vary mean to make or become different. change may be used for making such a difference in a thing that it becomes something else. They've changed the house into a restaurant. Change may also be used for substituting one thing for another. We changed our seats for better ones. alter is used for making a small difference in something. He altered the picture by adding color. vary is used for making a difference in order to break away from a routine. The boss varied our tasks.

Examples of change in a Sentence

Verb

He changed from an optimist to a pessimist. The town has changed little in recent years. These events have changed me in my attitude to life. You can't change human nature. Their relationship seems to have changed for the better. The leaves change color from green to red in the fall. She changed her name when she got married. France has changed its monetary unit from the franc to the euro. change the channel on the TV

Noun

There has been little if any change in her daily routine. You shouldn't be afraid of change. Change is a natural part of life. The years have brought many changes to the town's economy. We need to make some changes in the system. Many voters believe that it's time for a change. We've had to make a slight change in the schedule. a change for the worse We've been so busy that a quiet day at home was a welcome change. We eat at home a lot, so dining out sometimes is a nice change. Have you got change for a $10 bill?
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That's also an opportunity to look back on the last 12 years and really realize how much all of these characters have grown and changed. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 17 May 2019 The increases will force asset managers to purchase shares of Chinese companies to match their changing benchmark. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Indexes to Unleash Flood of Money Into Chinese Stocks," 16 May 2019 The gold medal para snowboarder had her leg amputated in 2010 after being diagnosed with cancer at 14 years old and her entire world changed. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The Fashion Industry Still Has A Long Way To Go With Being Inclusive To Disabilities," 16 May 2019 Among the categories listed: rompers, shoes, dress-up costumes, cribs, changing mats, bed linens, baby carriers, diapers, diaper bags, strollers, car seats, bottles, breast pumps, pacifiers, baby formula, and ever so much more. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Planning to Launch a Baby-Product Empire," 15 May 2019 Unexpected perks include stroller detailing powered by Dyson to help keep your baby buggy looking fresh, a bathroom stocked with organic beauty products from Beautycounter and Ever Eden, and changing stations complete with diapers from Coterie. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing The Wonder, a Members-Only Club for the Modern Family in New York City," 13 May 2019 The holiday eventually became known as Veterans Day after World War II, and the official date of observance even changed a few times before settling on the original date of November 11 in the late '70s. Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "How Memorial Day Is Different Than Veterans Day," 11 May 2019 Carrie Fisher’s tragic death in 2016 changed Disney’s plans for the conclusion of this trilogy in major ways. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Sleeping outdoors might not seem like the most glamorous pastime, but this cozy cabin might just change your mind. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Make Your Own Luxurious A-Frame Cabin to Fulfill All of Your Glamping Dreams," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 62-year-old icon's wise cracks and hard work over the years have afforded him a lavish lifestyle and a good chunk of change. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at Steve Harvey's Journey From Being Homeless to Having a Massive Net Worth," 11 May 2019 In fact, the Bloomberg news service reported that, in an email from Dyson to his staff, the founder indicated that design changes are likely. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Dyson's Long-Awaited Electric Vehicle Revealed in Design Patent Filing," 9 May 2019 The pair are set to appear in Duncan Macmillan's Lungs at London's famous Old Vic theater, a production that explores the implications of climate change. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown Stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith to Reunite for a Play," 30 Apr. 2019 The first major change to Your Phone is making available the existing screen mirroring or phone screen feature to more Android models: the OnePlus 6, and OnePlus 6T, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, Note 8, and Note 9. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds phone notification support, dictation languages to new Windows 10 Insider build," 26 Apr. 2019 Apparently change isn't always a good thing—at least, that's how the majority of The Voice fans are feeling after Monday night's episode. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Are Calling the First Cross Battles Show the 'Worst Episode' Ever," 16 Apr. 2019 Endura Roses, a shop focusing on couture arrangements in the U.K., is currently selling a V-day bouquet for a serious chunk of change. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This May Be the World's Most Expensive—And Extravagant—Flower Bouquet," 14 Feb. 2019 Just brutal, and hopefully bringing these practices to light forces a change. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: A first look at Vampire: The Masquerade 2 (sort-of) and Overwatch's new script editor," 22 Apr. 2019 And General Motors has a big change in store for the eighth generation Corvette being revealed July 18. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "GM to reveal next-generation Corvette in July," 12 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'change.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of change

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for change

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French changer, from Latin cambiare to exchange, probably of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked

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change

verb

English Language Learners Definition of change

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to become different
: to make (someone or something) different
: to become something else

change

noun

English Language Learners Definition of change (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of becoming different or of causing someone or something to become different
: the act of replacing one thing with another
: the act of moving from one plane, train, etc., to another in order to continue a journey

change

verb
\ ˈchānj How to pronounce change (audio) \
changed; changing

Kids Definition of change

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or become different changing autumn leaves I like how you've changed this room.
2 : to give a different position, course, or direction to I changed my plans.
3 : to put one thing in the place of another : switch Our teacher made us change places.
4 : to give or receive an equal amount of money in usually smaller units of value or in the money of another country Can you change a ten-dollar bill?
5 : to put fresh clothes or covering on change a bed
6 : to put on different clothes We always change for dinner.
change hands
: to pass from one person's possession or ownership to another's The restaurant has changed hands.

change

noun

Kids Definition of change (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act, process, or result of making or becoming different There's been a change in plans. a change of seasons
2 : something that is different from what is usual or expected The trip was a welcome change from our routine.
3 : a fresh set of clothes Pack several changes for your vacation.
4 : money in small units of value received in exchange for an equal amount in larger units Do you have change for a ten-dollar bill?
5 : money returned when a payment is more than the amount due Don't forget your change.
6 : money in coins I have two dollars in change.

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