change (n.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: alteration , modification ]

  2. a difference that is usually pleasant; he goes to France for variety; it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic

    [ Syn: variety ]

  3. a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; he attributed the change to their marriage'

  4. the action of changing something; the change of government had no impact on the economy; his change on abortion cost him the election'

  5. the result of alteration or modification; there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs; there had been no change in the mountains'

  6. 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'

  7. a thing that is different; he inspected several changes before selecting one'

  8. a different or fresh set of clothes; she brought a change in her overnight bag'

  9. coins of small denomination regarded collectively; he had a pocketful of change'

  10. 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'

    change (v.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: alter , modify ]

  2. remove or replace the coverings of; Father had to learn how to change the baby; After each guest we changed the bed linens'

  3. 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'

  4. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing ones or its former characteristics or essence; her mood changes in accordance with the weather; The supermarkets selection of vegetables varies according to the season

    [ Syn: alter , vary ]

  5. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch to a different brand of beer; She switched psychiatrists; The car changed lanes

    [ Syn: switch , shift ]

  6. change clothes; put on different clothes; Change before you go to the opera'

  7. 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

    [ Syn: exchange , commute , convert ]

  8. give to, and receive from, one another; Would you change places with me?; We have been exchanging letters for a year

    [ Syn: exchange , interchange ]

  9. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast

    [ Syn: transfer ]

  10. become deeper in tone; His voice began to change when he was 12 years old; Her voice deepened when she whispered the password

    [ Syn: deepen ]

The dictionary is based on the WordNet Electronic Lexical Database.
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