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Change Definition and Meaning

By Fiza Rafique & Tayyaba Rehman — Updated on February 29, 2024
"Change" refers to making or becoming different, altering in form, appearance, nature, or character. e.g., He decided to change his hairstyle.
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Change Definitions

Alteration or Modification: Change means to make something different.
She will change the design to make it more appealing.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
Transition or Transformation: Change refers to a process of becoming different.
The caterpillar will change into a butterfly.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
Variation or Shift: Change can mean a shift in position, direction, or tendency.
The wind will change direction by evening.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Amend or Revise: Change means to amend or revise something.
The company will change its policies next year.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Substitute or Swap: Change implies substituting one thing for another.
Can we change our seats?
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Convert or Adapt: Change means to convert something into a different form.
He will change the room into an office.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Personal Development: Change refers to personal growth or development.
She embraced the change in her lifestyle.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Exchange or Replace: Change involves replacing one thing with another.
I need to change the flat tire.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
Small Coins: Change also refers to coins as opposed to paper money.
Do you have change for a ten-dollar bill?
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Adjust or Adapt: Change involves adjusting or adapting to new conditions.
The team had to change their strategy mid-game.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
To cause to be different; alter
We decided to change the color of the walls. You can't change the rules in the middle of the game.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform
The new homeowners changed the yard into a garden.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To give and receive reciprocally; interchange
Anne and I changed seats so that she could sit next to the aisle.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To exchange for or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Change one's name.
A light that changes colors.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch
Change methods.
Change sides.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To transfer from (one conveyance) to another
In Chicago, we'll have to change planes.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency
This machine will change dollar bills into coins. At the airport, the traveler changed British pounds into euros.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To put fresh clothes or coverings on
It's your turn to change the baby. I'll show you how to change the bed.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To become different or undergo alteration
He changed as he matured. The town grew and changed over the years.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To undergo transformation or transition
The music changed to a slow waltz.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To make an exchange; switch
If you prefer this seat, I'll change with you.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To transfer from one conveyance to another
She changed in Detroit on her way to California.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To put on other clothing
We changed for dinner. They changed into work clothes.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To become deeper in tone
His voice began to change at age 13.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The act, process, or result of altering or modifying
A change in facial expression.
A last-minute change in the schedule.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The replacing of one thing for another; substitution
A change of atmosphere.
A change of ownership.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another
The change of seasons.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Something different; variety
Ate early for a change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A different or fresh set of clothing
I brought along a change of shirts to the overnight party.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Money of smaller denomination given or received in exchange for money of higher denomination
Will you give me change of four quarters for a dollar?.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The balance of money returned when an amount given is more than what is due
I paid $3 for the coffee that cost $2.50, so I received 50 cents in change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Coins
Loose change was jingling in my pocket.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A pattern or order in which bells are rung.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
In jazz, a change of harmony; a modulation.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A market or exchange where business is transacted.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(intransitive) To become something different.
The tadpole changed into a frog.
Stock prices are constantly changing.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To make something into something else.
The fairy changed the frog into a prince.
I had to change the wording of the ad so it would fit.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(transitive) To replace.
Ask the janitor to come and change the lightbulb.
After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(intransitive) To replace one's clothing.
You can't go into the dressing room while she's changing.
The clowns changed into their costumes before the circus started.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(transitive) To replace the clothing of (the one wearing it).
It's your turn to change the baby.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(intransitive) To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(archaic) To exchange.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(transitive) To change hand while riding (a horse).
To change a horse
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The process of becoming different.
The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(uncountable) Small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.
Can I get change for this $100 bill please?
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(countable) A replacement.
A change of clothes
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(uncountable) Balance of money returned from the sum paid after deducting the price of a purchase.
A customer who pays with a 10-pound note for a £9 item receives one pound in change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(uncountable) An amount of cash, usually in the form of coins, but sometimes inclusive of paper money.
Do you have any change on you? I need to make a phone call.
This bus ride requires exact change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(countable) A transfer between vehicles.
The train journey from Bristol to Nottingham includes a change at Birmingham.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(baseball) A change-up pitch.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
(campanology) Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A public house; an alehouse.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance.
Therefore will I change their glory into shame.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention.
They that do change old love for new,Pray gods, they change for worse!
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; - followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another.
Look upon those thousands with whom thou wouldst not, for any interest, change thy fortune and condition.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill.
He pulled out a thirty-pound note and bid me change it.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better.
For I am Lord, I change not.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
To pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.
Apprehensions of a change of dynasty.
All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons.
Our fathers did for change to France repair.
The ringing grooves of change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.
Thirty change (R.V. changes) of garments.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A public house; an alehouse.
They call an alehouse a change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another;
The change was intended to increase sales
This storm is certainly a change for the worse
The neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event;
He attributed the change to their marriage
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The action of changing something;
The change of government had no impact on the economy
His change on abortion cost him the election
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The result of alteration or modification;
There were marked changes in the lining of the lungs
There had been no change in the mountains
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due;
I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A thing that is different;
He inspected several changes before selecting one
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A different or fresh set of clothes;
She brought a change in her overnight bag
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Coins of small denomination regarded collectively;
He had a pocketful of change
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency;
He got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
A difference that is usually pleasant;
He goes to France for variety
It is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature;
She changed completely as she grew older
The weather changed last night
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;
The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city
The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence;
Her mood changes in accordance with the weather
The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another;
Switch to a different brand of beer
She switched psychiatrists
The car changed lanes
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Change clothes; put on different clothes;
Change before you go to the opera
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category;
Could you convert my dollars into pounds?
He changed his name
Convert centimeters into inches
Convert holdings into shares
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Give to, and receive from, one another;
Would you change places with me?
We have been exchanging letters for a year
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Change from one vehicle or transportation line to another;
She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Become deeper in tone;
His voice began to change when he was 12 years old
Her voice deepened when she whispered the password
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
Remove or replace the coverings of;
Father had to learn how to change the baby
After each guest we changed the bed linens
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change Snonyms

Alter

To make different without changing into something else.
We need to alter the plans to accommodate more guests.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Modify

To make partial changes to something.
She modified the recipe to make it healthier.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Transform

To change completely in appearance or form.
The renovation transformed the old factory into luxury apartments.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Revise

To reconsider and alter (something) in light of further evidence.
The manuscript was revised several times before publication.
Munazza Shafiq
Feb 29, 2024

Adjust

To change something slightly in order to make it fit, work, or be more suitable.
He adjusted the settings on the camera for better photos.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Convert

To change something into a different form or properties.
The program converts the document into a PDF file.
Munazza Shafiq
Feb 29, 2024

Shift

To change the place, position, or direction of something.
The discussion shifted towards a more controversial topic.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Evolve

To develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
His musical style has evolved over the years.
Urooj Arif
Feb 29, 2024

Vary

To change or alter in character or quantity.
Prices can vary depending on the season.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Amend

To make minor changes in (a text) in order to make it fairer, more accurate, or more up-to-date.
The constitution was amended to allow women to vote.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Change Idioms & Phrases

Change of heart

A shift in one's opinion or feelings.
After seeing the shelter's work, he had a change of heart about adopting a pet.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change hands

To pass from one owner to another.
The historic mansion changed hands several times over the last century.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change of pace

A switch to something different, especially to avoid monotony.
We decided to vacation in the mountains for a change of pace from beach holidays.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change of scenery

Moving to a different place to experience a new environment.
After years in the city, he felt he needed a change of scenery.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change the subject

To start talking about something different to avoid discomfort or boredom.
When the topic of finances came up, she quickly changed the subject.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

Change gears

To suddenly change one's approach or attitude.
The team had to change gears when the original plan failed.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

Change for the better

To improve or become better.
His attitude has really changed for the better since he started his new job.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change one's tune

To alter one's opinion or attitude, usually abruptly.
Once he saw the evidence, he quickly changed his tune.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change the game

To significantly alter the way something is done.
The new technology could change the game in renewable energy.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Small change

Referring to something of little importance or value.
For a millionaire, a few thousand dollars is just small change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change one's stripes

To completely change one's nature, usually improbably.
It's unlikely he'll change his stripes and start being cooperative.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change the face of

To transform the nature or appearance of something dramatically.
The new mayor promised to change the face of the city.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Coin a change

To introduce a new phrase or concept.
The author coined a change in the way we think about productivity.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

A sea change

A profound or notable transformation.
The election results marked a sea change in the country's politics.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change your ways

To alter one's behavior or habits, especially for the better.
He knew that to improve his health, he needed to change his ways.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change tack

To adopt a different method or approach.
When negotiations stalled, they decided to change tack.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change of plan

A situation where an established plan is altered.
Due to the weather, there's been a change of plan for our weekend outing.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Chump change

An amount of money that is considered trivial or insignificant.
For a billionaire, a few thousand is just chump change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Ring the changes

To do something in a variety of different ways to make it more interesting.
The chef likes to ring the changes with the menu every season.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change one's spots

Similar to "change one's stripes," referring to changing one's inherent characteristics.
A leopard can't change its spots, and he's unlikely to become altruistic overnight.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Change Example Sentences

You can change the TV channel if you like.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The chameleon can change its color.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The store allows you to change your purchase.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
I need to change into comfortable clothes.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The leaves change color in the fall.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
He had to change his plans due to the weather.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
She decided to change her major in college.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The artist decided to change the painting's theme.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
After the movie, his perspective started to change.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
The city will change the street layout.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
They had to change the venue at the last minute.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The new law will bring a big change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The coach decided to change the team's formation.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024
She felt a change in the room's atmosphere.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024
The app allows you to change settings easily.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Common Curiosities

Why is it called change?

Change comes from the Latin word cambire, meaning to exchange or barter, which evolved into change in English, indicating alteration or transformation.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

How do we divide change into syllables?

As a single-syllable word, change is not divided into syllables.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

How is change used in a sentence?

Example: We need to change the way we think about energy.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

What is the pronunciation of change?

Change is pronounced as /ʧeɪndʒ/.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the verb form of change?

The verb form is to change, as in changing something.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is a stressed syllable in change?

In change, the entire word forms a single stressed syllable.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is another term for change?

Another term for change is alteration or modification.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

How many syllables are in change?

There is one syllable in change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the third form of change?

The third form (past participle) of change is changed.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change an abstract noun?

As a noun, change can be both abstract (concept of change) and concrete (coins as change).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the first form of change?

The first form (base form) of change is change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the plural form of change?

The plural form is changes.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the opposite of change?

The opposite of change can be stasis, constancy, or remain.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change a negative or positive word?

Change is neutral; its connotation depends on context.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is the word change Gerund?

Changing is the gerund form of the verb change.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

Which determiner is used with change?

Determiners like the, a, some, any can be used with change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the root word of change?

The root word of change is the Latin cambire.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the singular form of change?

The singular form is change.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 23, 2024

Is change an adverb?

Change is not an adverb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What is the second form of change?

The second form (past tense) of change is changed.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change a vowel or consonant?

Change is a word consisting of both vowels and consonants.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is the word change imperative?

Change can be imperative when used as a command, e.g., Change your attitude.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change a noun or adjective?

Change is primarily a verb and a noun, not an adjective.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change a countable noun?

As a noun, change can be both countable and uncountable, depending on context.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is change a collective noun?

Change is not typically a collective noun.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is the change term a metaphor?

Change can be used metaphorically in various contexts.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Is the word “change” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

Change can be used as a direct object in a sentence, e.g., She made a change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Which preposition is used with change?

Prepositions like in, to, with can be used with change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Which conjunction is used with change?

Conjunctions like and, but, or because can be used with change.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

What part of speech is change?

Change can be a verb, noun, or in rare contexts, an adjective.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Which vowel is used before change?

There's no specific vowel used before change; it depends on the sentence structure.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

Which article is used with change?

Both definite (the) and indefinite (a, an) articles can be used with change, depending on context.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 23, 2024

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Tayyaba Rehman
Tayyaba Rehman is a distinguished writer, currently serving as a primary contributor to askdifference.com. As a researcher in semantics and etymology, Tayyaba's passion for the complexity of languages and their distinctions has found a perfect home on the platform. Tayyaba delves into the intricacies of language, distinguishing between commonly confused words and phrases, thereby providing clarity for readers worldwide.

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