From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchangechange1 /tʃeɪndʒ/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 🔊 🔊 1 become different/make something different [intransitive, transitive]CHANGE/BECOME DIFFERENT 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 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.change into 🔊 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.2 start doing/using something different [intransitive, transitive]DS to stop doing or using one thing, and start doing or using something else instead syn switch 🔊 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).3 replace something [transitive]REPLACE 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 11:00 to 10:30. 🔊 How often do you change cars (=buy a new car and sell the old one)?4 → change your mind5 → change sides6 clothes a) [intransitive, transitive]TAKE OFF CLOTHES 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) [transitive]DHB 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?7 bed [transitive] to take the dirty sheets off a bed and put on clean ones8 exchange goods [transitive] British EnglishEXCHANGE 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 syn exchange American Englishchange something for something 🔊 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 syn exchange American English 🔊 I’m sure the shop will change them for you.9 exchange money [transitive] a) EXCHANGEto get smaller units of money that add up to the same value as a larger unit 🔊 Can you change a £20 note? b) PECto get money from one country for the same value of money from another countrychange something into/for something 🔊 I want to change my dollars into pesos, please.10 trains/buses/aircraft [intransitive, transitive]TT to get off one train, bus, or aircraft and onto another in order to continue your journeychange 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 hands12 → change places (with somebody)13 gearTTC [intransitive, transitive] to put the engine of a vehicle into a higher or lower gear in order to go faster or slowerchange (into/out of) gear 🔊 Change into second gear as you approach the corner.change up/downBritish English British English 🔊 Change down before you get to the hill.14 → change your tune15 wind [intransitive]DN if the wind changes, it starts to blow in a different direction16 → change your spots → chop and change at chop1(3)GrammarChange belongs to a group of verbs where the same noun can be the subject of the verb or its object. • You can say: They’ve changed the password. In this sentence, ‘the password’ is the object of change.• You can say: The password has changed. In this sentence, ‘the password’ is the subject of change.COLLOCATIONSadverbsdramatically/drastically/radically (=a lot)People’s work environment has changed dramatically in the past twenty years.completelyHis life had completely changed since he met Anya.considerablyHe has changed considerably in four years.significantlyThe legal system has changed significantly since the rule was established.fundamentallyThe political situation has fundamentally changed.rapidly/quicklyThe market for phones is changing rapidly.slowly/graduallyThings are gradually changing.change overnight (=very quickly)Old habits cannot be changed overnight.nounschanging circumstances/conditionsThe human brain adapts quickly to changing conditions.changing attitudesChanging attitudes cause traditional ways of life to disappear.the changing role of somebodythe changing role of women in societychanging patterns of work/behaviour etcChanging patterns of work mean that more people are able to work from home.a changing environmentIn order to survive, you must adapt to a changing environment.a changing worldChildren are growing up in a changing world.changing times (=a period of time when a lot is changing)We live in changing times.THESAURUSto change somethingchange to make someone or something differentUnfortunately, there’s nothing we can do to change the situation.Being at college has changed her – she’s much more confident now.alter especially written to change something so that it is better or more suitableYou can alter the colour and size of the image using a remote control. Can we alter the date of the meeting?adapt to change something slightly in order to improve it or make it more suitableHow much would it cost to adapt the existing equipment?You can adapt the recipe to suit your own requirements.adjust to make small changes in the position or level of something in order to improve it or make it more suitableHow do you adjust the volume on the television?He adjusted his tie in the mirror.modify especially written to make small changes to something such as a piece of equipment, a set of ideas, or a way of behaving in order to improve it or use it in a different wayHe’s modified his opinions since then.a modified version of the original programreform to change a law, system, organization etc so that it is fairer or more effectiveplans to reform the tax systemHealth care needs to be completely reformed.revise to change a plan, idea, law etc because of new information and ideasIn July, China revised the rules for foreign investment.The findings could force the scientists to revise their ideas about climate change. reorganize to change the way that a system or organization worksWe’ve had to reorganize our database.During the 1980s, the government reorganized the civil service. restructure to make big changes to the way something is organized, especially a large political or economic system or a big company, in order to make it more effectiveThe company has been restructured from top to bottom.to change something completelytransform to change something completely, especially so that it is much betterWell, you’ve certainly transformed this place – it looks great!Putin transformed the Russian economy.revolutionize to completely and permanently change the way people do something or think about something, especially because of a new idea or inventionComputers have revolutionized the way we work.This important discovery revolutionized our understanding of the universe.to change something in order to deceive peopledistort to explain facts, statements etc in a way that makes them seem different from what they really areThe judge said that she had deliberately tried to distort the facts.Don’t try to distort the truth.twist to dishonestly change the meaning of a piece of information or of something that someone has said, in order to get an advantage for yourself or to support your own opinionHe accused reporters of twisting his words.In her article she twisted the meaning of what I said.misrepresent to give people a wrong idea about someone or their opinions, by what you write or sayI hope I have not misrepresented her opinion.He’s taking legal action to stop the film, claiming it grossly misrepresents him. → change something ↔ around → change over→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuschange• I'm just going upstairs to change.• I think the batteries need changing.• As people in other staff agencies sought to perform differently and better they also improvised, learned, and changed.• Can you change a $10 bill?• All drivers should really know how to change a flat tire.• Her expression did not change, and she answered me calmly.• I can't believe it's been ten years - you haven't changed at all.• "The telecommunications industry is changing at lightning speed, " said Richard Miller, the company's chief financial officer.• But he will change course if the market demands it.• I tried to follow him but he kept changing direction.• It is rugged country whose landscape changes every few kilometers.• Going to college changed him a lot. It made him much more mature.• Each has the right to change its status in this respect, subject to relevant agreements and procedures.• You have changed, Joan de Warenne, she thought.• Do you mind waiting while I change my clothes?• Going to college really changed my life.• I'll just change my shirt and I'll be with you in a minute.• The bill requires health insurers to maintain coverage for anybody who changes or loses his job.• This is another area which is changing out of all recognition since closure of the colliery and removal of sidings etc.• Ed went into the bedroom to change out of his work clothes.• How does the President plan to change the tax system?• What tragedies must occur before he and the Minister of State will change their minds?• If the trousers are the wrong size you can always change them.• Can you change this light bulb for me? I can't reach.• Agriculture must be changed to reduce damage to the environment.• "Have you got your bathing suit on?" "No, I'll change when we get there."• Having a baby changes your life completely, whatever your age.change (from something) to something• In contrast, pragmatic parties hold more flexible goals and are oriented to moderate or incremental policy change.• The company realized they could actually save money if we changed to a modern computerized system.• They sometimes contain concrete examples of changes which need to be made.• The change from communism to democracy has been very difficult.• As a result, tracing changes directly to human actions has proved difficult.• The water on the bridge had changed to ice during the night.• To make those changes but to maintain the essential spirit of cricket is the continuing challenge.• A few changes seem likely to produce noticeable ripples in 1997.• Be prepared to change the conversation to something more personal.• An organism adapts to another when it changes itself to suit the latter.• Concern over the changes in lifestyle to undertake the job.change (from something) to something• In contrast, pragmatic parties hold more flexible goals and are oriented to moderate or incremental policy change.• They sometimes contain concrete examples of changes which need to be made.• As a result, tracing changes directly to human actions has proved difficult.• To make those changes but to maintain the essential spirit of cricket is the continuing challenge.• A few changes seem likely to produce noticeable ripples in 1997.• Be prepared to change the conversation to something more personal.• An organism adapts to another when it changes itself to suit the latter.• Concern over the changes in lifestyle to undertake the job.change something (from something) to something• The budget line changes from 12 to 13.• Be aware that fraudulent businesses often change their names to avoid detection.• Humanist psychology's caution about change can add to egalitarian feminist psychology's existing theoretical timidity.• At a local level, Gloucester's changes were largely confined to filling gaps left by the removal of the Woodvilles.• It may not be happening fast enough, but the winds of societal change take a while to get up to speed.• The change from adversity to prosperity, according to Aristotle, fails to produce the proper tragic effect.• Hasn't it been changed over the years to say different things from what the original writers intended?• All psychiatric problems are brain problems, and the psychiatrists are changing their classification scheme to try and avoid that cartesian dichotomy.change into/out of• He had actually changed out of his cricket gear, showered and packed up his kit.• It was a shame he didn't have time to change out of his gardening clothes before he appeared on the show.• Alistair was just getting off the phone when I came in to change out of my good clothes.• The other day I was in a hurry and struggling to get the right change out of my pocket for the newsagent.• I changed out of my work clothes and into my denims and shirt to get into the mood.• School meals have changed out of recognition within a generation.change something into/for something• I want to change my dollars into pesos, please.change trains/buses/planes etc• At midnight, twenty-four hours after leaving Calais, she finally arrived in Milan where she had to change trains.• I stopped there only to change trains.• It shows passengers where they need to change trains.• We parted at Paddington, and assured them that they would have to change trains at Oxford.• Although the line will remain open, people will have to change trains at Thornaby.• There is an unutterable sadness around Medina del Campo, where I had to change trains for Salamanca.• They might not even tell you that changing planes in Dallas or leaving Thursday instead of Friday will save you a bundle.change (into/out of) gear• Any cyclist can climb a difficult hill: you just change gear.• Every ten minutes or so she would hear the tortured scream of the transmission and randomly change gears.• With him came a difference in style, a change of gear, a time for reflection and taking stock.• Russ Armstrong, a Middlesbrough motorcycle dealer, has also changed gear after 18 years of the road racing power game.• Volkov changed gear and increased his speed.• You need to be able to move swiftly, changing gears and learning new skills without complaining.• In effect I reckon it will only take a slight upward change of gear and performances to become something special.• Mark's idea of getting her to change gear was to slip on a nurse's uniform.