change meaning

[ tʃeindʒ ] Pronunciation:   "change" in a sentence
Verb: change  cheynj
  1. Cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
Noun: change  cheynj
  1. An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
    "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"
    - alteration, modification 
  2. A relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
    "he attributed the change to their marriage" 
  3. The action of changing something
    "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election" 
  4. The result of alteration or modification
    "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains" 
  5. The balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
    "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change" 
  6. A thing that is different
    "he inspected several changes before selecting one" 
  7. A different or fresh set of clothes
    "she brought a change in her overnight bag" 
  8. Coins of small denomination regarded collectively
    "he had a pocketful of change" 
  9. Money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
    "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver" 
  10. A difference that is usually pleasant
    "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
    - variety

Derived forms: changes, changing, changed

See also: changer, plugged

Type of: action, article of clothing, cash, clothing, coin, consequence, difference, dress, effect, event, get dressed, go, habiliment [archaic], happening, hard cash, hard currency, issue, locomote, move, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, outcome, relation, replace, result, thing, transfer, travel, upshot, vesture, wear, wearable

Antonym: stay

Encyclopedia: Change Change, Saône-et-Loire

[American slang]
n. money.
• It takes a lot of change to buy a car like that.
• I don't have the change to get one of those videotape machines.


In building construction, an authorized alteration or deviation from the design or scope of work as originally defined by the contract documents.

verb, noun

verb [+ obj]


to exchange money into the money of another country:

Where can I change my traveller's cheques?

to change dollars into yen


to exchange money for the same amount in different coins or notes:

Can you change a £20 note?

to change a dollar bill for four quarters

3 (BrE)

to exchange sth that you have bought for sth else, especially because there is sth wrong with it; to give a customer a new item because there is sth wrong with the one they have bought:

This shirt I bought's too small-I'll have to change it for a bigger one.

Of course we'll change it for a smaller size for you. See note at EXCHANGE


change hands (also exchange hands)

to pass to a different owner:

The company has changed hands several times.

The volume of trade was high today, with 1.98 billion shares changing hands.



1 [C,U]

the act or result of sth becoming different:

important changes to the tax system

a change in interest rates

people who resist change

Technology creates economic and social change.

economic/social/structural/technological change

2 [C]

the process of replacing sth with sth new or different; a thing that is used to replace sth:

We must notify the bank of our change of address.

The company has announced a number of management changes.

The European Central bank has announced a change of policy.

3 [U]

the money that you get back if you pay more than the amount sth costs:

Don't forget your change!

The ticket machine gives change.


coins rather than paper money:

I need some change for the phone.

a dollar in change (= coins that together are worth one dollar)

Have you got change for a twenty-euro note (= coins or notes that are worth this amount)?

1. For an option or futures contract, the difference between the current price and the previous day's settlement price.


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  1. nothing will make me change my mind.
  2. the change of scene will do her some good.
  3. let us pretend that it can be changed.
  4. he changed his manner; became very cold.
  5. einstein's work changed the picture.

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