the process of becoming different. (Countable)
small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination. (Uncountable)
Can I get for this $100 bill please?
a replacement, e.g. a change of clothes (Countable)
(baseball) a change-up pitch
- money given back when a customer hands over more than the exact price of an item. For example, a customer who uses a 10-pound note to pay for a Â£9 item receives one pound in change.
verb (chang, ing)
(intransitive) To become something different.
- The tadpole changed into a frog.
- Stock prices are constantly changing.
(rfd-redundant, combine into normal trans/intrans definition line.) (transitive, ergative) To make something into something different.
- The fairy changed the frog into a prince.
- I had to the wording of the ad so it would fit.
(transitive) To replace.
- Ask the janitor to come and the lightbulb.
- After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.
(intransitive) To replace one's clothing.
- You can't go into the dressing room while she's changing.
- The clowns changed into their costumes before the circus started.
(rfd-redundant) (figurative) To undergo a significant philosophical adjustment.
Etymology: Via from , compare French changer, from cambÄre (to exchange, barter). Used in English since the 13th Century.
- Dutch: verwisselen, vervangen
- French: remplacer
- German: wechseln, auswechseln
- Italian: cambiare
- Spanish: cambiar, demudar
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