from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to be different: change the spelling of a word.
  • transitive v. To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform: changed the yard into a garden.
  • transitive v. To give and receive reciprocally; interchange: change places.
  • transitive v. To exchange for or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category: change one's name; a light that changes colors.
  • transitive v. To lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch: change methods; change sides.
  • transitive v. To transfer from (one conveyance) to another: change planes.
  • transitive v. To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency.
  • transitive v. To put a fresh covering on: change a bed; change the baby.
  • intransitive v. To become different or undergo alteration: He changed as he matured.
  • intransitive v. To undergo transformation or transition: The music changed to a slow waltz.
  • intransitive v. To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons.
  • intransitive v. To make an exchange: If you prefer this seat, I'll change with you.
  • intransitive v. To transfer from one conveyance to another: She changed in Chicago on her way to the coast.
  • intransitive v. To put on other clothing: We changed for dinner.
  • intransitive v. To become deeper in tone: His voice began to change at age 13.
  • n. The act, process, or result of altering or modifying: a change in facial expression.
  • n. The replacing of one thing for another; substitution: a change of atmosphere; a change of ownership.
  • n. A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another: the change of seasons.
  • n. Something different; variety: ate early for a change.
  • n. A different or fresh set of clothing.
  • n. Money of smaller denomination given or received in exchange for money of higher denomination.
  • n. The balance of money returned when an amount given is more than what is due.
  • n. Coins: had change jingling in his pocket.
  • n. Music A pattern or order in which bells are rung.
  • n. Music In jazz, a change of harmony; a modulation.
  • n. A market or exchange where business is transacted.
  • change off To alternate with another person in performing a task.
  • change off To perform two tasks at once by alternating or a single task by alternate means.
  • idiom change hands To pass from one owner to another.
  • idiom change (one's) mind To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
  • idiom change (one's) tune To alter one's approach or attitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of becoming different.
  • n. Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.
  • n. A replacement, e.g. a change of clothes
  • n. Money given back when a customer hands over more than the exact price of an item.
  • n. A transfer between vehicles.
  • n. A change-up pitch.
  • v. To become something different.
  • v. To make something into something different.
  • v. To replace.
  • v. To replace one's clothing.
  • v. To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
  • v. To exchange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another.
  • n. A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety.
  • n. A passing from one phase to another.
  • n. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
  • n. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.
  • n. Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.
  • n. A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
  • n. A public house; an alehouse.
  • n. Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
  • intransitive v. To be altered; to undergo variation.
  • intransitive v. To pass from one phase to another.
  • transitive v. To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another.
  • transitive v. To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else.
  • transitive v. To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by with.
  • transitive v. Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To substitute another thing or things for; shift; cause to be replaced by another: as, to change the clothes, or one suit of clothes for another; to change one's position.
  • Specifically To give or procure an equivalent for in smaller parts of like kind; make or get change for: said of money: as, to change a bank-note (that is, to give or receive coins or smaller notes in exchange for it).
  • To give and take reciprocally; barter; exchange.
  • To cause to turn or pass from one state to another; alter or make different; vary in external form or in essence: as, to change the color or shape of a thing; to change countenance.
  • To render acid or tainted; turn from a natural state of sweetness and purity: as, the wine is changed; thunder and lightning are said to change milk.
  • To be altered; undergo variation; be partially or wholly transformed: as, men sometimes change for the better, often for the worse.
  • To pass from one phase to another, as the moon: as, the moon will change on Friday.
  • To become acid or tainted, as milk.
  • To change, radically, one's views on any question.
  • n. Any variation or alteration in form, state, quality, or essence; a passing from one state or form to another: as, a change of countenance or of aspect; a change of habits or principles.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. The passing from life to death; death.
  • n. In vocalics, the mutation of the male voice at puberty, whereby the soprano or alto of the boy is replaced by the tenor or bass of the man.
  • n. In harmony, a modulation or transition from one key or tonality to another.
  • n. Variation or variableness in general; the quality or condition of being unstable; instability; transition; alteration: as, all things are subject to change; change is the central fact of existence.
  • n. A passing from one thing to another in succession; the supplanting of one thing by another in succession: as, a change of seasons or of climate; a change of scene.
  • n. The beginning of a new monthly revolution; the passing from one phase to another: as, a change of the moon (see below).
  • n. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation; specifically, in bell-ringing, any arrangement or sequence of the bells of a peal other than the diatonic. See change-ringing.
  • n. Variety; novelty.
  • n. That which makes a variety or may be substituted for another: as, “thirty change of garments,”
  • n. Money of the lower denominations given in exchange for larger pieces.
  • n. The balance of money returned after deducting the price of a purchase from the sum tendered in payment.
  • n. A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions: in this sense an abbreviation of exchange, and often now written 'change.
  • n. Exchange: as, “maintained the change of words,”
  • n. A public house; a change-house.
  • n. A round in dancing.
  • n. In hunting, the mistaking of a stag met by chance for the one pursued.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a difference that is usually pleasant
  • n. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  • v. undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  • n. the action of changing something
  • n. the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
  • v. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
  • v. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  • v. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  • n. coins of small denomination regarded collectively
  • v. remove or replace the coverings of
  • n. the result of alteration or modification
  • v. change clothes; put on different clothes
  • v. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  • v. give to, and receive from, one another
  • n. a thing that is different
  • v. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
  • n. money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
  • v. become deeper in tone
  • n. a different or fresh set of clothes
  • n. a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event


Middle English changen, from Norman French chaunger, from Latin cambiāre, cambīre, to exchange, probably of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
As a noun, from Middle English cha(u)nge, from Anglo-Norman chaunge, from Old French change, from a derivative of the verb changier. See below for the verb form. See also exchange. (Wiktionary)
As a verb, via Middle English cha(u)ngen, from Anglo-Norman chaunger, from Old French changier (compare modern French changer), from Late Latin cambiāre < Latin cambīre, present active infinitive of cambiō ("exchange, barter"), of Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *kamb- (“crooked, bent”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱamb-, *(s)kamb- (“crooked”). Cognate with Italian cambiare, Portuguese cambiar, Romanian schimb, Spanish cambiar. Used in English since the 13th Century. (Wiktionary)


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