Change - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃeɪndʒ|  American pronunciation of the word change
Brit.  |tʃeɪn(d)ʒ|  British pronunciation of the word change


- an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another(syn: alteration, modification)
- a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
- the action of changing something
- the result of alteration or modification
- the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
- a thing that is different
- a different or fresh set of clothes

▼ (3)


- cause to change; make different; cause a transformation(syn: alter, modify)
- undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
- become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence(syn: alter, vary)
- lay aside, abandon, or leave for another(syn: shift, switch)
- change clothes; put on different clothes
- exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category(syn: commute, convert, exchange)
- give to, and receive from, one another(syn: exchange, interchange)

▼ (3)


Her mood changes every hour.

He changed from an optimist to a pessimist.

The town has changed little in recent years.

These events have changed me in my attitude to life.

You can't change human nature.

Life changed him from an optimist into a pessimist.

The leaves change color from green to red in the fall.

She changed her name when she got married.

France has changed its monetary unit from the franc to the euro.

Change the channel on the TV

There has been little if any change in her daily routine.

You shouldn't be afraid of change. Change is a natural part of life.

The years have brought many changes to the town's economy.

We need to make some changes in the system.

Many voters believe that it's time for a change.

Phrasal verbs

change over  — make a shift in or exchange of

Word forms

I/you/we/they: change
he/she/it: changes
present participle: changing
past tense: changed
past participle: changed
singular: change
plural: changes
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