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change verb
1. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Related: alter, modify
  • "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"
  • "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
2. undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
Antonyms: stay
  • "She changed completely as she grew older"
  • "The weather changed last night"
3. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
Related: alter, vary
  • "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"
  • "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
4. (dress) change clothes; put on different clothes
  • "Change before you go to the opera"
5. (replace) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Related: exchange, commute, convert
  • "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"
  • "He changed his name"
  • "convert centimeters into inches"
  • "convert holdings into shares"
6. (replace) remove or replace the coverings of
  • "Father had to learn how to change the baby"
  • "After each guest we changed the bed linens"
change noun
1. (happening) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
Related: alteration, modification
  • "the change was intended to increase sales"
  • "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"
  • "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
2. (relation) a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
  • "he attributed the change to their marriage"
3. (action) the action of changing something
  • "the change of government had no impact on the economy"
  • "his change on abortion cost him the election"
4. (consequence) 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. (cash) 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. (thing) a thing that is different
  • "he inspected several changes before selecting one"
7. (clothing) a different or fresh set of clothes
  • "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
8. (coin) coins of small denomination regarded collectively
  • "he had a pocketful of change"
9. (cash) 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"
transfer verb
1. (travel) change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
Related: change
  • "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
variety noun
1. (difference) a difference that is usually pleasant
Related: change
  • "he goes to France for variety"
  • "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
exchange verb
1. (transfer) give to, and receive from, one another
Related: change, interchange
  • "Would you change places with me?"
  • "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
switch verb
1. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Related: shift, change
  • "switch to a different brand of beer"
  • "She switched psychiatrists"
  • "The car changed lanes"
deepen verb
1. (change) become deeper in tone
Related: change
  • "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"
  • "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
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