What is the meaning of change?


  • An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another.
    • usage: "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"
  • A relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event.
    • usage: "he attributed the change to their marriage"
  • The action of changing something.
    • usage: "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
  • The result of alteration or modification.
    • usage: "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains"
  • The balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due.
    • usage: "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"
  • A thing that is different.
    • usage: "he inspected several changes before selecting one"
  • A different or fresh set of clothes.
    • usage: "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
  • Coins of small denomination regarded collectively.
    • usage: "he had a pocketful of change"
  • Money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency.
    • usage: "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"
  • A difference that is usually pleasant.
    • usage: "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"


  • Cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.
    • usage: "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
  • Undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.
    • usage: "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
  • Become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence.
    • usage: "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
  • Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another.
    • usage: "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
  • Change clothes; put on different clothes.
    • usage: "Change before you go to the opera"
  • Exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category.
    • usage: "Could you convert my dollars into pounds"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"
  • Give to, and receive from, one another.
    • usage: "Would you change places with me"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
  • Change from one vehicle or transportation line to another.
    • usage: "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
  • Become deeper in tone.
    • usage: "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
  • Remove or replace the coverings of.
    • usage: "Father had to learn how to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed linens"
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APAWordNet. (2010). change. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "change" http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409 (accessed June 25, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, change, Smart Define, viewed 25 June, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409>.
MLAWordNet. "change" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409>
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