change

verb
\ ˈchānj \
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Barack Obama's New Summer Reading List Has a Theme," 13 July 2018 Ultimately, going private is a reaction to Instagram's opaque and ever-changing internal systems for surfacing posts. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts," 12 July 2018 The three main ones relate to demography, migration and changing labour markets. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The book is a guide to understanding behavior and to changing it, if desired. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Charles Monagan Kicks Off CT Authors Trail, Avon's Author Fest Continues," 11 July 2018 Previous versions of the protein worked sluggishly to move ions in and out of neurons — a critical step in generating electrical signals to the brain conveying the rapidly changing characteristics of sound like loudness and pitch. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Giving myself permission to break unspoken rules has been liberating and life-changing. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 These satellites are sensitive enough to detect the changing levels of ice at the Earth’s poles, determine how much water is stored in underground aquifers, or track the movement of magma beneath the Earth's surface. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's New Climate Satellites Are Pioneering Laser Rangefinding Tech," 10 July 2018 Having a game-changing film auteur like Lee as a guest at the Detroit convention is especially meaningful. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee's Oscar-contending 'BlackKkKlansman' coming early to Detroit," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course, organisms can adapt to environmental changes in ways that don’t necessarily imply learning. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Thanks to recent changes to the collective bargaining agreement, players can compete for traditional roster spots or two-way contracts, which allow two players per team to shuttle between the G League and NBA. Malika Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Donte Ingram is showcasing his game for Bulls' Summer League team while looking for his next gig," 13 July 2018 In addition to the changes for GT models, Citadel models will have standard second-row captain's chairs and an available 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler calls 2019 Durango a 3-row SUV Dodge Charger," 12 July 2018 Their guano adds the nutrient nitrogen to the islands, leading to big changes in the ecosystem. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 In the Peak TV era, anything less than 10 nominations as a standard is proof that the TV Academy is asleep or indifferent to the changes in its own industry. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "THR's TV Critics Debate the Highs and Lows of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 These projections are sensitive to changes in weather, economic growth and energy prices — all difficult to forecast. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 In essence, the Court isn't saying 'no' to the name change. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "A Transgender Teen's Parents Are Appealing a Judge's Decision That He Can't Change His Name," 11 July 2018 To drop Sterling may create uncertainty in the England camp and may lead to Southgate having to subtle changes to his play-style and tactics which may disrupts the rest of the team's form. SI.com, "Why England Supporters Are Wrong to Call for Raheem Sterling to Be Dropped for Croatia WC Semi Final," 11 July 2018

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

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

Noun

see change entry 1

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change

verb

English Language Learners Definition of change

: to become different

: to make (someone or something) different

: to become something else

change

verb
\ ˈchānj \
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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