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switch

noun [C]  /swɪtʃ/ us  

switch noun [C] (DEVICE)

a device that controls an electric current and turns it on or off: Flip a switch and the coffee makes itself.

switch noun [C] (STICK)

a thin stick that bends easily and is used esp. for hitting animals

switch noun [C] (CHANGE)

a sudden or complete change from one thing to another, or an exchange of one person or thing for another: The team made a switch to a smaller, quicker lineup.

switch

verb [I/T]  /swɪtʃ/ us  

switch verb [I/T] (CHANGE)

to change suddenly or completely from one thing to another, or to exchange one person or thing with another: [T] Jeff decided to switch his major from engineering to medicine. [I] I used to have tapes, but I switched to CDs.
(Definition of switch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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