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change

  
  ( changes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( changing    present participle)   ( changed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   If there is a changein something, it becomes different.  
usu with supp  
The ambassador appealed for a change in US policy..., What is needed is a change of attitude on the part of architects..., There are going to have to be some drastic changes..., In Zaire political change is on its way..., 1998 was an important year for everyone: a time of change.     
    sea change  
2       n-sing   If you say that something is a change or makes a change, you mean that it is enjoyable because it is different from what you are used to.,   (approval)    It is a complex system, but it certainly makes a change..., Do you feel like you could do with a change?     
3       verb   If you changefrom one thing to another, you stop using or doing the first one and start using or doing the second.  
His doctor increased the dosage but did not change to a different medication...      V to n  
He changed from voting against to abstaining.      V from -ing/n to  
4       verb   When something changes or when you change it, it becomes different.   (=alter)  
We are trying to detect and understand how the climates change...      V  
In the union office, the mood gradually changed from resignation to rage...      V from n to n  
She has now changed into a happy, self-confident woman...      V into n  
They should change the law to make it illegal to own replica weapons...      V n  
Trees are changing colour earlier than last year...      V n  
He is a changed man since you left...      V-ed  
A changing world has put pressures on the corporation.      V-ing  
5       verb   To change something means to replace it with something new or different.  
I paid £80 to have my car radio fixed and I bet all they did was change a fuse...      V n  
If you want to change your doctor there are two ways of doing it.      V n  
      Change is also a noun., n-count   oft a N of n  
A change of leadership alone will not be enough.     
6       verb   When you change your clothes or change, you take some or all of your clothes off and put on different ones.  
Ben had merely changed his shirt...      V n  
They had allowed her to shower and change...      V  
I changed into a tracksuit...      V into/out of n  
I've got to get changed first. I've got to put my uniform on.      get V-ed  
7       n-count   A change of clothes is an extra set of clothes that you take with you when you go to stay somewhere or to take part in an activity.  
N of n  
He stuffed a bag with a few changes of clothing.     
8       verb   When you change a bed or change the sheets, you take off the dirty sheets and put on clean ones.  
After changing the bed, I would fall asleep quickly...      V n  
I changed the sheets on your bed today.      V n  
9       verb   When you change a baby or change its nappy or diaper, you take off the dirty one and put on a clean one.  
She criticizes me for the way I feed or change him...      V n  
He needs his nappy changed.      V-ed  
10       verb   When you change buses, trains, or planes or change, you get off one bus, train, or plane and get on to another in order to continue your journey.  
At Glasgow I changed trains for Greenock...      V n  
We were turned off the train at Hanover, where we had to change.      V  
11       verb   When you change gear or change into another gear, you move the gear lever on a car, bicycle, or other vehicle in order to use a different gear.  
  (BRIT)  
The driver tried to change gear, then swerved...      V n  
He looked up into the mirror as he changed through his gears.      V prep  
in AM, use shift     
12       n-uncount   Your change is the money that you receive when you pay for something with more money than it costs because you do not have exactly the right amount of money.  
`There's your change.'<emdash10001`Thanks very much.'..., They told the shopkeeper to keep the change.     
13       n-uncount   Change is coins, rather than paper money.  
Thieves ransacked the office, taking a sack of loose change..., The man in the store won't give him change for the phone unless he buys something.     
    small change  
14       n-uncount   If you have changefor larger notes, bills, or coins, you have the same value in smaller notes, bills, or coins, which you can give to someone in exchange.  
usu N for n  
The courier had change for a £10 note.      If you make change, you give someone smaller notes, bills, or coins, in exchange for the same value of larger ones.  
  (AM)  
make change      phrase  
15       verb   When you change money, you exchange it for the same amount of money in a different currency, or in smaller notes, bills, or coins.  
You can expect to pay the bank a fee of around 1% to 2% every time you change money...      V n  
If you travel frequently, find an agency that will change one foreign currency directly into another.      V n into n  
16    If you say that you are doing something or something is happening for a change, you mean that you do not usually do it or it does not usually happen, and you are happy to be doing it or that it is happening.  
for a change      phrase   PHR with cl  
Now let me ask you a question, for a change..., Liz settled back in her seat, comfortably relaxed, enjoying being driven for a change.     
17   
    to change for the better  
    better  
    to change hands  
    hand  
    a change of heart  
    heart  
    to change your mind  
    mind  
    to change places  
    place  
    to ring the changes  
    ring  
    to change the subject  
    subject  
    to change tack  
    tack  
    to change your tune  
    tune  
    to change for the worse  
    worse   change down      phrasal verb   When you change down, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a lower gear.  
  (BRIT)  
Changing down, he turned into the drive...      V P  
I braked at the second corner and changed down to third.      V P to n  
in AM, use shift down      change over      phrasal verb   If you change overfrom one thing to another, you stop doing one thing and start doing the other.  
We are gradually changing over to a completely metric system...      V P from/to n  
The two men swapped places, always extinguishing the light when they changed over.      V P  
    changeover   change up      phrasal verb   When you change up, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a higher gear.  
  (BRIT)  
I accelerated and changed up.      V P  
in AM, use shift up     


change management     
Change management is a style of management that aims to encourage organizations and individuals to deal effectively with the changes taking place in their work.     (BUSINESS)      n-uncount  
She is hoping to go into change management or IT management when she graduates.     
change of life     
The change of life is the menopause.      n-sing   the N  
change purse        ( change purses    plural  ) A change purse is a very small bag that people, especially women, keep their money in.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use purse     
sea change        ( sea changes    plural  ) A sea change in someone's attitudes or behaviour is a complete change.      n-count  
A sea change has taken place in young people's attitudes to their parents.     
short-change        ( short-changes    3rd person present)   ( short-changing    present participle)   ( short-changed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone short-changes you, they do not give you enough change after you have bought something from them.  
The cashier made a mistake and short-changed him.      V n  
2       verb   If you are short-changed, you are treated unfairly or dishonestly, often because you are given less of something than you deserve.  
usu passive  
Women are in fact still being short-changed in the press.      be V-ed  
small change     
Small change is coins of low value.      n-uncount  
She was counting out 30p, mostly in small change, into my hand.     
step change        ( step changes    plural  ) A step change is a sudden or major change in the way that something happens or the way that someone behaves.      n-count   usu sing, usu N in n  
We now need a step change in our secondary schools to match that achieved in our primaries.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
expression meaning "things never change"
v.
change something into something better
Jesus can fanute water into wine.
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
n.
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
exp.
keep informed of changes
"Please, keep me posted on your project`s progress."
n.
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts

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