change Definition

  • 1to make or become different
  • 2money given in exchange for the same amount in different currency
  • 3coins rather than banknotes

Using change: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "change" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to change my clothes before we go out.

  • Example

    The company has changed its policy on vacation time.

  • Example

    Can you change a twenty-dollar bill?

  • Example

    I prefer to use change instead of bills when paying for small items.

  • Example

    We need to make some changes to the schedule.

change Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for change

Idioms Using change

  • to pass from one owner to another


    The property has changed hands several times over the years.

  • change one's tune

    to alter one's opinion or attitude


    He used to be against the idea, but now he's changed his tune.

  • to vary the ways in which something is done or presented


    We need to ring the changes and come up with some fresh ideas.

Phrases with change

  • a reversal of one's feelings or opinion


    After seeing the evidence, he had a change of heart and decided to support the new policy.

  • a variation in one's usual routine or activities


    I'm going to take a break and do something different for a change of pace.

  • a move to a different location or environment


    I need a change of scenery, so I'm planning a trip to the beach.

Origins of change

from Old French 'changier', from Latin 'cambiare', meaning 'to exchange'


Summary: change in Brief

The term 'change' [tʃeɪndʒ] refers to the act of making or becoming different, as well as the exchange of money or coins. It can be used as both a verb and a noun, and is often associated with modifying routines or policies, exemplified by 'We need to make some changes to the schedule.' 'Change' extends into phrases like 'change of heart,' and idioms like 'change one's tune,' denoting altered opinions or attitudes, and 'ring the changes,' implying variation in presentation.

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