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"switch" in British English

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switchnoun

uk   /swɪtʃ/  us   /swɪtʃ/
  • switch noun (DEVICE)

B1 [C] a small device, usually pushed up or down with your finger, that controls and turns on or off an electric current: a light switch Can you flip the switch?
switches [plural] US (mainly UK points)
a place on a railway track where the rails (= metal bars on which the trains travel) can be moved to allow a train to change from one track to another: The train rattled as it went over the switches.

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switchverb [T, I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /swɪtʃ/  us   /swɪtʃ/
B1 to use a switch to change a device from one state or type of operation to another: switch the TV off/on

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B2 to change suddenly or completely, especially from one thing to another, or to exchange by replacing one person or thing with another: She started studying English, but switched to Law in her second year. In 1971, Britain switched over (= changed completely) to a decimal currency. After the bank robbery, the gang switched cars (= left one car and got into another).

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(Definition of switch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"switch" in American English

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switchnoun [C]

 us   /swɪtʃ/
  • 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.

switchverb [I/T]

 us   /swɪtʃ/
  • 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)

"switch" in Business English

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switchnoun

uk   us   /swɪtʃ/
a complete change of one thing for another: a switch from/to sth The switch to a flat rate of tax could boost spending. Banks are encouraging customers to make the switch from paper to electronic statements.
COMMUNICATIONS, IT a piece of equipment in a network that receives electronic data and sends it to the right place
a small part or object that you move or press to make a light come on, make a machine start working, etc.: press/flick the switch

switchverb

uk   us   /swɪtʃ/
[I or T] to change from one thing, system, etc. to another, or make something do this: switch to sth Internet users should consider switching to a web-based bank.switch from sth to sth The charity has switched from TV advertising to direct mail.switch provider(s)/supplier(s) You could save money by switching energy suppliers. The report found that only about 6% of current account customers switch banks each year. switch brand/mortgage/service
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of switch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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