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change

verb (BECOME DIFFERENT)    /tʃeɪndʒ/
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 more tidy.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
(Definition of change verb (BECOME DIFFERENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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