verb (used with object), changed, chang·ing.
verb (used without object), changed, chang·ing.
- to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
- to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.
- change down,
- change hands,
- change horses in midstream, don't,
- change key,
- change of heart
- to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church.
- to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.
Origin of change
Examples from the Web for change
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When we meet them, their lives are unfulfilled, and at no point are we convinced their condition will change.
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.
I think what we want and what we need is to be part of the system, and change it for the betterment of our people.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Inter-marriage had been rendered possible by a change in the law, and social intermixture was going on.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
At sunset the western sky will change to crimson and the eastern cliffs will change to gold.A Trip to the Orient|Robert Urie Jacob
The alcalde was trying to change the course of the conversation.The Social Cancer|Jos Rizal
But even in that glimpse I saw the change which years had brought.Aladdin & Co.|Herbert Quick
I believe that they silently rate each other as we do men on 'Change—worth five hundred, worth eight hundred napkins.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
- militaryto redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
- to alter one's attitude, opinion, etc
Word Origin for change
early 13c., "to substitute one for another; to make (something) other than what it was" (transitive); from late 13c. as "to become different" (intransitive), from Old French changier "to change, alter; exchange, switch," from Late Latin cambiare "to barter, exchange," from Latin cambire "to exchange, barter," of Celtic origin, from PIE root *kemb- "to bend, crook" (with a sense evolution perhaps from "to turn" to "to change," to "to barter"); cf. Old Irish camm "crooked, curved;" Middle Irish cimb "tribute," cimbid "prisoner;" see cant (n.2). Meaning "to take off clothes and put on other ones" is from late 15c. Related: Changed; changing. To change (one's) mind is from 1610s.
c.1200, "act or fact of changing," from Anglo-French chaunge, Old French change "exchange, recompense, reciprocation," from changier (see change (v.)).
Meaning "a different situation" is from 1680s. Meaning "something substituted for something else" is from 1590s. The financial sense of "balance returned when something is paid for" is first recorded 1620s; hence to make change (1865). Bell-ringing sense is from 1610s. Related: changes. Figurative phrase change of heart is from 1828.
In addition to the idioms beginning with change
- change hands
- change horses in midstream, don't
- change off
- change of heart
- change of life
- change of pace
- change one's mind
- change one's stripes
- change one's tune
- change the subject
- for a change
- leopard cannot change its spots
- piece of change
- ring the changes