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change

verb uk   /tʃeɪndʒ/ us  

change verb (BECOME DIFFERENT)

A1 [T] to exchange one thing for another thing, especially of a similar type: She's just changed jobs. Let's change the subject (= talk about something different).ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently A2 [I or T] to make or become different: I almost didn't recognize her - she'd changed so much. That was 20 years ago and things have changed since then. Nothing changes, does it - I've been away two years and the office still looks exactly the same. People have changed their diets a lot over the past few years. I'm going to change my hairstyle.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently B1 [I or T] to take something you have bought back to a shop and exchange it for something else: I had to change those trousers I bought for (= take them back to the shop in order to get) a bigger pair.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently change your mind B1 to form a new opinion or make a new decision about something that is different from your old one: If you change your mind about coming tonight, just give me a call. When I first met him I didn't like him but I've changed my mind.Changing your mind change for the better to improve: Her attitude has definitely changed for the better since she started this new job.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlyBecoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing change places to be in someone else's situation: I wouldn't change places with him for the world!Replacing and exchanging change your ways to improve the bad parts of your behaviour: If he wants to carry on living here, he's going to have to change his ways and learn to be a bit less messy.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently

change verb (TRANSPORT)

A2 [I or T] to get off a train, bus, etc. and catch another in order to continue a journey: I had to change (trains) twice to get there. Change at Peterborough for York.Travelling

change verb (MONEY)

A2 [T] to get or give money in exchange for money, either because you want it in smaller units, or because you want the same value in foreign money: Could you change a £10 note (for two fives), please? Could you change a £5 note for me? I need to change my dollars for/into English money.Banks and bank accounts

change verb (CLOTHES/BEDS)

A2 [I or T] to remove one set of clothes and put a different set on yourself or a young child, especially a baby, or to remove dirty sheets from a bed and put clean ones on it: You don't need to change - you look great as you are. I'll just change into (= get dressed in) something a bit smarter. Give me five minutes to change out of (= remove) my work clothes and I'll come out with you. How often do you think he changes his shirt? Could you change the baby (= the baby's nappy)? I've changed the sheets/the bed (= the sheets on the bed) in the guest room.Putting clothes onRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere

change verb (WIND/SEA)

[I] When the wind or the tide (= the rise and fall of the sea) changes, it starts to move in a different direction: The tide is starting to change.Floods, tides and currents

change verb (SPEED)

[I or T] (US usually shift) to put a vehicle into a different gear, usually in order to change the speed at which it is moving: to change gear I changed into fourth (gear).UK Change down to go round the corner.Driving and operating road vehicles

change

noun uk   /tʃeɪndʒ/ us  

change noun (BECOMING DIFFERENT)

A2 [C or U] the act of becoming different, or the result of something becoming different: Let me know if there's any change in the situation. We're living in a time of great change. We need a change of government. a change in lifestyle They've made a lot of changes to the house. The new management will make fundamental/radical/sweeping changes (= do things in a very different way).Change and changes B1 [S] something that is pleasant or interesting because it is unusual or new: It's nice to see her smile for a change. "Shall we we eat in the garden?" "Why not - it'll make a change." We've always had a red car - it's time we had a change!Change and changes change of scene a new situation: She'd been with the same company for too many years and felt she needed a change of scene, so she applied for a job as a stage manager.Change and changes

change noun (MONEY)

A2 [U] money in the form of coins rather than notes: She gave me £5 in change. My dad always used to carry a lot of loose/small change (= coins) in his pocket.Forms of money and methods of payment [U] smaller units of money given in exchange for larger units of the same amount: Do you have change for a 20-dollar bill?Forms of money and methods of payment A2 [U] the money that is returned to someone who has paid for something that costs less than the amount that they gave: I think you've given me the wrong change.General words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money

change noun (CLOTHES)

[C] the action of putting on different clothes: She did a quick change before going on TV.Putting clothes on a change of clothes A2 a set of clothes as well as the ones that you are wearing: You'll need a change of clothes if you're staying overnight.Clothing - general words

change noun (TRANSPORT)

[C] the action of getting off a train, bus, etc. and catching another in order to continue a journey: I hate journeys where you've got a lot of changes.Travelling
(Definition of change from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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