change1 W1S1 [tʃeındʒ] v
1¦(become different/make something different)¦
2¦(start doing/using something different)¦
3¦(replace something)¦
4 change your mind
5 change sides
8¦(exchange goods)¦
9¦(exchange money)¦
11 change hands
12 change places (with somebody)
14 change your tune
16 change your spots
Phrasal verbs
 change something<=>around
 change over
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: changier, from Latin cambiare 'to exchange']
to become different, or to make something become different
Susan has changed a lot since I last saw her.
Changing your eating habits is the best way to lose weight.
The rules are not going to change overnight (=change quickly) .
Why do the leaves on trees change colour in the autumn?
change (from sth) to sth
He changed from being a nice lad to being rude and unhelpful.
change into
The hissing sound gradually changed into a low hum.
change sb/sth into sth
A witch had changed him into a mouse.
change sth to sth
Mueller changed his name to Miller when he became a U.S. citizen.
changing circumstances/attitudes/conditions etc
the changing circumstances of the family
change drastically/radically/profoundly etc
Attitudes towards sexuality have radically changed.
to stop doing or using one thing, and start doing or using something else instead
= ↑switch
She changed jobs in May.
change (from sth) to sth
The company has recently changed to a more powerful computer system.
The ship changed course and headed south.
The company has had to change direction because of developments in technology.
Piper awkwardly tried to change the subject (=talk about something else) .
to put or use something new or different in place of something else, especially because it is old, damaged, or broken
Three boys were changing a tyre by the side of the road.
When I lost my keys, we had to change all the locks.
change sth (from sth) to sth
The time of the meeting has been changed from 11 a.m. to 10:30.
How often do you change cars (=buy a new car and sell the old one) ?
4.) change your mind
to change your decision, plan, or opinion about something
Her father tried to get her to change her mind.
change your mind about
If you change your mind about the job, just give me a call.
5.) change sides
to leave one party, group etc and join an opposing party, group etc
It's quite rare for politicians to change sides.
6.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
a) [I and T]
to take off your clothes and put on different ones
Francis came in while Jay was changing.
Change your dress - that one looks dirty.
change into/out of
Sara changed into her swimsuit and ran out for a quick swim.
You'd better go and get changed .
b) [T]
to put a clean ↑nappy on a baby, or to put clean clothes on a baby or small child
I bathed him and changed his diaper.
Can you change the baby for me while I finish chopping the carrots?
7.) ¦(BED)¦ [T]
to take the dirty ↑sheets off a bed and put on clean ones
a) to take back to a shop something that you have bought and get something different instead, especially because there is something wrong with it
American Equivalent: exchangechange sth for sth
I bought these gloves for my daughter, but they're too large. Can I change them for a smaller size?
b) to give a customer something different instead of what they have bought, especially because there is something wrong with it
American Equivalent: exchange
I'm sure the shop will change them for you.
a) to get smaller units of money that add up to the same value as a larger unit
Can you change a £20 note?
b) to get money from one country for the same value of money from another country
change sth into/for sth
I want to change my dollars into pesos, please.
to get off one train, bus, or aircraft and into another in order to continue your journey
change at
Passengers for Liverpool should change at Crewe.
change trains/buses/planes etc
I had to change planes in Denver.
all change!
(=used to tell passengers to get off a train because it does not go any further)
11.) change hands
if property changes hands, it starts to belong to someone else
The house has changed hands three times in the last two years.
12.) change places (with sb)
a) to give someone your place and take their place
Would you mind changing places with me so I can sit next to my friend?
b) to take someone else's social position or situation in life instead of yours
She may be rich, but I wouldn't want to change places with her.
13.) ¦(GEAR)¦ [I and T]
to put the engine of a vehicle into a higher or lower ↑gear in order to go faster or slower
change (into/out of) gear
Change into second gear as you approach the corner.
change up/down BrE
Change down before you get to the hill.
14.) change your tune informal
to start expressing a different attitude and reacting in a different way, after something has happened
The question is, will the president change his tune on taxes?
15.) ¦(WIND)¦
if the wind changes, it starts to blow in a different direction
16.) change your spots
to change your character completely
US business has changed its spots in recent years.
chop and change [i]atchop1 (3)
change around [change sth<=>around] phr v
to move things into different positions
When we'd changed the furniture around, the room looked quite different.
change over phr v
to stop doing or using one thing and start doing or using another
Complete all the exercises on one leg, then change over.
change over to
We hope to change over to the new software by next month.
WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary
to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform
to change something completely: transform, revolutionize
to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent
easily changed: flexible, adaptable
impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable
change 2
change2 W1S1 n
1¦(things becoming different)¦
2¦(from one thing to another)¦
3¦(pleasant new situation)¦
5 small change
6 change of clothes/underwear etc
8 get no change out of somebody
the process or result of something or someone becoming different
Many people find it hard to cope with change.
scientists worried about climatic change
change in
changes in the immigration laws
A change in personality may mean your teenager has a drug problem.
change of
a change of temperature
No major changes were made to the book.
change for the better/worse
(=a change that makes a situation better or worse)
There was a change for the better in the patient's condition.
social/political/economic etc change
the sweeping political changes after the fall of communism
She had a change of heart (=change in attitude) and decided to stay.
Family life has undergone dramatic change in recent years.
the fact of one thing or person being replaced by another
The car needs an oil change.
change of
a change of government
a change of address
change from sth to sth
the gradual change from grasslands to true desert
The government has made some major policy changes .
3.) ¦(PLEASANT NEW SITUATION)¦ [singular]
a situation or experience that is different from what happened before, and is usually interesting or enjoyable
change from
The morning was cool; a welcome change from the heat of the day before.
for a change
How about dinner out for a change?
it/that makes a change
(=used to say that something is better than and different from usual)
'Ron's buying the drinks.' 'That makes a change.'
change of scene/air/pace etc
(=when you go to a different place or do something different)
The patients benefit greatly from a change of scenery.
4.) ¦(MONEY)¦[U]
a) the money that you get back when you have paid for something with more money than it costs
Here's your change, sir.
make change
AmE (=give someone change)
Andy was making change for a customer.
b) money in the form of coins, not paper money
in change
I have about a dollar in change.
Matt emptied the loose change from his pockets.
A beggar asked for some spare change (=coins that you do not need) .
c) coins or paper money that you give in exchange for the same amount of money in a larger unit
change for £1/$10
Excuse me, have you got change for a pound?
make change
AmE (=give someone change)
Can you make change for $20?
5.) small change
a) coins you have that do not have a high value
I only had about a pound in small change.
b) used to emphasize that something is a small amount of money when it is compared to a larger amount
The program costs $20 million a year, small change by Washington standards.
6.) change of clothes/underwear etc
an additional set of clothes that you have with you, for example when you are travelling
a situation in which you get off one train, bus, or aircraft and get on another in order to continue your journey
Even with a change of trains, the subway is quicker than a cab at rush hour.
8.) get no change out of sb
BrE spoken to get no useful information or help from someone
I wouldn't bother asking Richard - you'll get no change out of him.
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