Nearby words

  1. changchiak'ou,
  2. changchiakow,
  3. changchow,
  4. changchun,
  5. changde,
  6. change down,
  7. change hands,
  8. change horses in midstream, don't,
  9. change key,
  10. change of heart

Idioms

Origin of change

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English cha(u)ngen < Anglo-French, Old French changer < Late Latin cambiāre, Latin cambīre to exchange; (noun) Middle English cha(u)nge < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

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Synonym study

1. Change, alter both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To change is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was: to change one's opinion. To alter is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity: to alter a dress, as by raising the hem ( to change a dress would mean to put on a different one).

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British Dictionary definitions for changes

change

verb

to make or become different; alter
(tr) to replace with or exchange for anotherto change one's name
(sometimes foll by to or into) to transform or convert or be transformed or converted
to give and receive (something) in return; interchangeto change places with someone
(tr) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency
(tr) to remove or replace the coverings ofto change a baby
(when intr, may be foll by into or out of) to put on other clothes
(intr) (of the moon) to pass from one phase to the following one
to operate (the gear lever of a motor vehicle) in order to alter the gear ratioto change gear
to alight from (one bus, train, etc) and board another
change face to rotate the telescope of a surveying instrument through 180° horizontally and vertically, taking a second sighting of the same object in order to reduce error
change feet informal to put on different shoes, boots, etc
change front
  1. militaryto redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
  2. to alter one's attitude, opinion, etc
change hands to pass from one owner to another
change one's mind to alter one's decision or opinion
change one's tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech

noun

the act or fact of changing or being changed
a variation, deviation, or modification
the substitution of one thing for another; exchange
anything that is or may be substituted for something else
variety or novelty (esp in the phrase for a change)I want to go to France for a change
a different or fresh set, esp of clothes
money given or received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or in a different currency
the balance of money given or received when the amount tendered is larger than the amount due
coins of a small denomination regarded collectively
(often capital) archaic a place where merchants meet to transact business; an exchange
the act of passing from one state or phase to another
the transition from one phase of the moon to the next
the order in which a peal of bells may be rung
sport short for changeover (def. 3b)
slang desirable or useful information
obsolete fickleness or caprice
change of heart a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc
get no change out of someone slang not to be successful in attempts to exploit or extract information from someone
ring the changes to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated

Derived Formschangeless, adjectivechangelessly, adverbchangelessness, nounchanger, noun

Word Origin for change

C13: from Old French changier, from Latin cambīre to exchange, barter

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Word Origin and History for changes
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with changes

change

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

also see:

  • for a change
  • leopard cannot change its spots
  • piece of change
  • ring the changes
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