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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to change for the better →
to change hands →
a change of heart →
to change your mind →
to change places →
to ring the changes →
to change the subject →
to change tack →
to change your 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 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.
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.
Women are in fact still being short-changed in the press. be V-ed
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.