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Definitions of change

  1. make or 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"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. give to, and receive from, one another; " Would you change places with me?"; " We have been exchanging letters for a year"
  5. the action of changing something; " the change of government had no impact on the economy"; " his change on abortion cost him the election"
  6. a different or fresh set of clothes; " she brought a change in her overnight bag"
  7. a thing that is different; " he inspected several changes before selecting one"
  8. a difference that is usually pleasant; " he goes to France for variety"; " it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
  9. the result of alteration or modification; " there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; " there had been no change in the mountains"
  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"
  11. 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"
  12. coins of small denomination regarded collectively; " he had a pocketful of change"
  13. 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"
  14. 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"
  15. become deeper in tone; " His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; " Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
  16. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; " switch to a different brand of beer"; " She switched psychiatrists"; " The car changed lanes"
  17. a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; " he attributed the change to their marriage"
  18. remove or replace the coverings of; " Father had to learn how to change the baby"; " After each guest we changed the bed linens"
  19. change clothes; put on different clothes; " Change before you go to the opera"
  20. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; " She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
  21. To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance.
  22. To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention.
  23. Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money ( technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill.
  24. To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better.
  25. To pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to- morrow night.
  26. Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.
  27. A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons.
  28. A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.
  29. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
  30. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.
  31. Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.
  32. A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
  33. A public house; an alehouse.
  34. Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
  35. To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; - followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another.
  36. To alter; exchange or give an equivalent for; to make different; convert.
  37. To undergo alteration; pass from one place to another.
  38. A passing from one state or form to another; small coin; balance returned after subtraction of amount paid; any variation.
  39. An exchange.
  40. To alter or make different: to put or give one thing or person for another: to make to pass from one state to another.
  41. To suffer change.
  42. Alteration or variation of any kind: a shift: variety: small coin: also used as a short term for the Exchange.
  43. Alteration; exchange; small coin.
  44. To exchange; to alter.
  45. To make or become different; convert; alter; vary.
  46. To exchange; interchange.
  47. The act or fact of changing; alteration; substitution; a substitute.
  48. Small money.
  49. Any alteration or variation; shifting; transition; alteration in the order, specially of ringing bells; small coin; the balance of money paid beyond the price of goods purchased; the Exchange.
  50. To make different or alter; to put one thing in the place of another; to give or take an equivalent in other coin; to exchange.
  51. To suffer a change; to become new; to become worse.
  52. An alteration or variation on anything; a passing from one state or form to another; vicissitude; variety; small money; change, contracted for exchange, a place where persons meet for the transaction of business.
  53. To alter; to make different; to shift; to put one thing in the place of another; to give one kind of money for another; to undergo variation.
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Quotes of change

  1. I have a tendency to go through my life at full speed and as a one -man band, and so I don't generally stop and take in other people enough to develop many relationships. I'm starting to regret that a bit. I want to change it. – Gillian Anderson
  2. Only idiots refuse to change their minds. – Brigitte Bardot
  3. Change is good. And in fact unavoidable. – Dirk Benedict
  4. But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency. – Ron D. Burton
  5. To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change – Charles Horton Cooley
  6. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
  7. Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change You've got to be boisterous to get results. – Gordon Ramsay
  8. Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant. – Tony Robbins
  9. What the guys have learned is that whether you're preaching to one or 10, 000, it really doesn't matter. That one person you touch may change the nation- could be the Billy Graham of Ethiopia. – Michael Scott
  10. What I learned in jail is that I can't change I can't live a different lifestyle -this is it. This is the life that they gave and this is the life that I made. – Tupac Shakur
  11. We( actors) don't really change the world. We reflect it... but Washington really changes the world. – Martin Sheen
  12. Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married? – Barbra Streisand
  13. The point of the essay is to change things. – Edward Tufte
  14. Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it's a quiet thing. At least for me it was. – Ben Vereen
  15. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. – Oprah Winfrey

Usage examples for change

  1. A change had come over the face of it. – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  2. A change was to come- with the coming night. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  3. But I ought to tell you at once, that nothing which you say can change me." – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  4. Do you know of any good reason why she should come to change it? – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  5. The change of work was the secret of it all. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  6. You got to make the change as you come in. – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  7. I'm not going to be the one to change you." – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  8. We will soon change all that." – Her Mother's Secret by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  9. Come into the boat- house and we'll change now." – The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine by Katherine Stokes
  10. Because you couldn't get any one to change with you, my dear. – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  11. It will be a change to talk of other things. – Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion by G. A. Henty
  12. It was something of a change – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  13. You go and change your things, sir, and then get a book till dinner's ready. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  14. Then a change came over him. – A Very Naughty Girl by L. T. Meade
  15. It isn't too late yet to change that. – Tabitha at Ivy Hall by Ruth Alberta Brown
  16. Shall I give you a change – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  17. Would it not be well to make a change before it is too late? – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  18. I can see the change in you. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  19. Nothing could change you. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  20. A change will do you good. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle

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