I. verb (changed; changing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French changer, from Latin cambiare to exchange, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to make different in some particular ; alter <
never bothered to change the will
b. to make radically different ; transform <
can't change human nature
c. to give a different position, course, or direction to 2. a. to replace with another <
let's change the subject
b. to make a shift from one to another ; switch <
always changes sides in an argument
c. to exchange for an equivalent sum of money (as in smaller denominations or in a foreign currency) <
change a 20-dollar bill
d. to undergo a modification of <
foliage changing color
e. to put fresh clothes or covering on <
change a bed
intransitive verb 1. to become different <
her mood changes every hour
2. of the moon to pass from one phase to another 3. to shift one's means of conveyance ; transfer <
on the bus trip he had to change twice
4. of the voice to shift to lower register ; break 5. to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution <
winter changed to spring
6. to put on different clothes <
need a few minutes to change for dinner
7. exchange, switch <
neither liked his seat so they changed with each other
changer noun Synonyms: change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another <
changed the shirt for a larger size
. alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity <
slightly altered the original design
. vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition <
vary your daily routine
. modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose <
modified the building for use by the disabled
. II. noun Date: 13th century 1. the act, process, or result of changing: as a. alteration <
a change in the weather
b. transformation <
a time of vast social change
going through changes
c. substitution <
a change of scenery
d. the passage of the moon from one monthly revolution to another; also the passage of the moon from one phase to another e. menopause 2. a fresh set of clothes 3. British exchange 5a 4. a. money in small denominations received in exchange for an equivalent sum in larger denominations b. money returned when a payment exceeds the amount due c. coins especially of low denominations <
a pocketful of change
d. a negligible additional amount <
only six minutes and change left in the game
e. money 1 <
cost a large chunk of change
5. an order in which a set of bells is struck in change ringing 6. changeup

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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