|Origin:||changier, from Latin cambiare 'to exchange'|
change1 S1 W1
to become different, or to make something become different:
become different/make something different[intransitive and transitive]
Susan has changed a lot since I last saw her.
Changing your eating habits is the best way to lose weight.
The rules won't change overnight (=change quickly).
The leaves on trees change colour in the autumn.
change (from something) to something
He changed from being a nice lad to being rude and unhelpful.
The hissing sound gradually changed into a low hum.
change somebody/something into something
A witch had changed him into a mouse.
change something to something
Mueller changed his name to Miller when he became a U.S. citizen.
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]:
start doing/using something different[intransitive and transitive]DS
She changed jobs in May.
change (from something) to something
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 something (from something) to something
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)?
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.
to leave one party, group etc and join an opposing party, group etc :
It's quite rare for politicians to change sides.
a) [intransitive and transitive]
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.
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?
to take the dirty sheets off a bed and put on clean ones
exchange goods[transitive] British English
to take back to a shop something that you have bought and get something different instead, especially because there is something wrong with it [= exchange American English]
change something for something
I bought these gloves for my daughter, but they're too large. Can I change them for a smaller size?
to give a customer something different instead of what they have bought, especially because there is something wrong with it [= exchange American English]
I'm sure the shop will change them for you.
to get smaller units of money that add up to the same value as a larger unit:
Can you change a £20 note?
to get money from one country for the same value of money from another country
change something into/for something
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
trains/buses/aircraft[intransitive and transitive]TT
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)
if property changes hands, it starts to belong to someone else:
The house has changed hands three times in the last two years.
to give someone your place and take their place:
Would you mind changing places with me so I can sit next to my friend?
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.
to put the engine of a vehicle into a higher or lower gear in order to go faster or slower
gearTTC [intransitive and transitive]
change (into/out of) gear
Change into second gear as you approach the corner.
change up/down British English
Change down before you get to the hill.
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?
if the wind changes, it starts to blow in a different direction
to change your character completely:
US business has changed its spots in recent years.
➔ chop and changeat chop1 (3)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 something ↔ aroundphrasal verb
When we'd changed the furniture around, the room looked bigger.
change overphrasal verb
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.