What is the meaning of change?


  • (n.) change, alteration, modification (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"
  • (n.) change (a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event) "he attributed the change to their marriage"
  • (n.) change (the action of changing something) "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
  • (n.) change (the result of alteration or modification) "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains"
  • (n.) change (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"
  • (n.) change (a thing that is different) "he inspected several changes before selecting one"
  • (n.) change (a different or fresh set of clothes) "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
  • (n.) change (coins of small denomination regarded collectively) "he had a pocketful of change"
  • (n.) change (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"
  • (n.) variety, change (a difference that is usually pleasant) "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"


  • (v.) change, alter, modify (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"
  • (v.) change (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"
  • (v.) change, alter, vary (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"
  • (v.) switch, shift, change (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another) "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
  • (v.) change (change clothes; put on different clothes) "Change before you go to the opera"
  • (v.) change, exchange, commute, convert (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"
  • (v.) exchange, change, interchange (give to, and receive from, one another) "Would you change places with me"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
  • (v.) transfer, change (change from one vehicle or transportation line to another) "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
  • (v.) deepen, change (become deeper in tone) "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
  • (v.) change (remove or replace the coverings of) "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 August 3, 2015, from http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "change" http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409 (accessed August 3, 2015).
HarvardWordNet 2010, change, Smart Define, viewed 3 August, 2015, <http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409>.
MLAWordNet. "change" 23 October 2010. Web. 3 August 2015. <http://smartdefine.org/change/definitions/1189409>
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