Meaning of SWITCH in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ swɪtʃ ]

( switches, switching, switched)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A switch is a small control for an electrical device which you use to turn the device on or off.

Leona put some detergent into the dishwasher, shut the door and pressed the switch.

...a light switch.



If you switch to something different, for example to a different system, task, or subject of conversation, you change to it from what you were doing or saying before.

Estonia is switching to a market economy...

The law would encourage companies to switch from coal to cleaner fuels...

The encouragement of a friend spurred Chris into switching jobs.

= change

VERB : V to n , V from n to n , V pl-n

Switch is also a noun.

New technology made a switch to oil possible...

The spokesman implicitly condemned the United States policy switch.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

Switch over means the same as switch .

...a professional man who started out in law but switched over to medicine.



If you switch your attention from one thing to another or if your attention switches , you stop paying attention to the first thing and start paying attention to the second.

My mother’s interest had switched to my health...

As the era wore on, she switched her attention to films.

VERB : V to n , V n to n


If you switch two things, you replace one with the other.

In half an hour, they’d switched the tags on every cable...

The ballot boxes have been switched.

= swap

VERB : V pl-n , V pl-n

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