Meaning of CHANGE in English


I. ˈchānj verb

( changed ; chang·ing )

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


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


a. : to replace with another

let's change the subject

b. : to make a shift from one to another : switch

always change s 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 change s 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

• chang·er noun

- change hands


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 change s

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


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.