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"change" in British English

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changeverb

uk   /tʃeɪndʒ/  us   /tʃeɪndʒ/
  • 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).
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.
B1 [I or T] UK (US exchange) 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.
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.
change for the better
to improve: Her attitude has definitely changed for the better since she started this new job.
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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

changenoun

uk   /tʃeɪndʒ/  us   /tʃeɪndʒ/
  • 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).
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 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.

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  • 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.
[U] smaller units of money given in exchange for larger units of the same amount: Do you have change for a 20-dollar bill?
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.

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  • change noun (CLOTHES)

[C] the action of putting on different clothes: She did a quick change before going on TV.
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.
(Definition of change from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"change" in American English

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changeverb

 us   /tʃeɪndʒ/
  • change verb (BECOME DIFFERENT)

[I/T] to make or become different, or to do, use, or get one thing in place of another thing: [T] I’ve changed jobs twice in the past ten years. [T] I changed my hairstyle – do you like it? [I] Attitudes about lots of things changed during the 1960s. [I] It’s surprising how fast kids change during their teen years.
[I/T] To change over from one thing to something else is to stop doing or using one thing and to start doing or using another: [I] We just changed from oil heat to gas.
  • change verb (CLOTHES/BEDS)

[I/T] to remove one set of clothes and put a different set on yourself or someone else, such as a baby, or to remove dirty sheets from a bed and put clean ones on it: [I] I’ll just change into (= put on) something a little dressier. [T] Could you change the baby/the baby’s diaper (= put on a clean one)? [T] I changed the sheets/the bed (= the sheets on the bed) in the guest room.
  • change verb (MONEY)

[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: Can you change a $100 bill for me? I had to change some American money into pesetas before I arrived in Spain.
  • change verb (TRANSPORT)

[I/T] to get off an aircraft, train, bus, etc. and catch another in order to continue a trip: [T] I had to change planes twice to get there. [I] Change at Hartford for the train to Springfield.

changenoun

 us   /tʃeɪndʒ/
  • change noun (BECOMING DIFFERENT)

a change
A change often refers to something unusual or new that is better or more pleasant than what existed before: We decided we needed a change, so we went to Florida for a couple of weeks. Why don’t we eat on the porch for a change?
  • change noun (MONEY)

[U] the difference in money, returned to the buyer, between what is paid for something and the lesser amount that it costs: It costs $17 and you gave me $20, so here’s your $3 change.
[U] Change also refers to smaller units of money whose total value is equal to that of a larger unit: I need change for a $50 bill because I want to take a taxi. Do you have change for/of a dollar?
[U] Change can refer to coins rather than bills: Bring a lot of change for using the public telephones.
  • change noun (CLOTHES/BEDS)

[C] a set of clothes that is additional to the clothes that you are wearing: Bring a change of clothes with you in case we stay overnight.
(Definition of change from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"change" in Business English

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changeverb

uk   us   /tʃeɪndʒ/
[I or T] to become or make something different, or to exchange something for something else: The company has changed considerably since I joined in 2005. She decided that it was time to change jobs.
[T] MONEY to exchange an amount of money for the same value in another currency: If you're unable to change money before you travel, most international airports will have a bureau de change.change sth into sth Here you'll find the best exchange rate for changing your US dollars into euros.
[T] MONEY to exchange a unit of money for coins or smaller units of paper money that add up to the same value: Could you change this twenty dollar bill for a ten and two fives? Many superstores have change machines where you can change your coins into banknotes.
[T] UK COMMERCE to return something you bought to a store and exchange it for something new, for example because it was damaged or the wrong size. A store changes an item when it agrees to give a customer a new item in exchange for one that is damaged, etc.: Some places won't let you change items without a receipt. The store offered to change the faulty items or refund my money.
change hands
to pass from one owner to another: More than 30 million shares changed hands in the first hour of business.

changenoun

uk   us   /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.
(Definition of change from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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