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change

noun
 
 
/tʃeɪndʒ/
[C or U] the process or result of making something different or becoming different: change to sth After making changes to its business model, the company's net profits increased by 22%.change in sth Owing to a change in policy, customers will now be charged a fee for early withdrawals.implement/make a change The new head of department is certain to make some changes.manage change One of the hardest aspects of being a top manager is managing change. a fundamental/major/significant change Please notify us of any change of address.
[U] MONEY coins used as money: Do you have any change for the parking meter?
[U] MONEY smaller units of money or coins given in exchange for a larger unit of money that is worth the same amount: Can you make change for a 100 dollar bill?
[U] MONEY the money that is returned to you after you have paid for something that costs less than the amount you gave: I think the waiter gave me the wrong change.
→ See also agent of change, bureau de change, career change, champion of change, change agent, loose change, pocket change, short-change, step change
(Definition of change noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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