Definition of change in English:



  • 1Make or become different.

    with object ‘a proposal to change the law’
    no object ‘a Virginia creeper just beginning to change from green to gold’
    • ‘So the rule was changed to allow only the winner to go home with cash.’
    • ‘Several months ago, our lives were changed for the worse.’
    • ‘The nature of that peaceful, beautiful part of the world would be changed forever if the proposals are allowed to go ahead.’
    • ‘There is no doubt things have changed dramatically over the past year.’
    • ‘An urban lifestyle has changed the attitudes of residents in the city, he says, especially those of women.’
    • ‘They're not gone, although the landscape has changed almost beyond recognition.’
    • ‘Sam's demeanor had changed in an instant.’
    • ‘The social consensus has changed hugely since the law was drafted.’
    • ‘He said that he could not see why the original proposal had changed.’
    • ‘Such studies may better explain why attitudes change over time, she says.’
    • ‘The rules have even been changed to accommodate people who might not otherwise qualify.’
    • ‘If these people are to be protected, and there are good arguments why they should be, then the law needs to be changed.’
    • ‘Her life has drastically changed since that night.’
    • ‘His style of composition changed noticeably after he arrived in Naples.’
    • ‘Do you feel that the law should be changed to reinforce the right to self defence?’
    • ‘Are you concerned about the fact that the description of the car keeps changing?’
    • ‘In the meantime the area is changing as a result of a number of new housing developments.’
    • ‘He believes the law should be changed so that organ donation is automatic unless the person is carrying a card saying they object.’
    • ‘As far as movies and television are concerned, the total amount we watch isn't likely to change much.’
    • ‘Once broadband kicks in, it will fundamentally change what consumers do.’
    convert, transform, make
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    1. 1.1no object, with complement Alter in terms of.
      ‘the ferns began to change shape’
      • ‘For instance, a banana may change colour from being green to being yellow.’
      • ‘It came in the last minute when Cain threw a dummy, changed direction and forced his way through a two-man tackle to score under the posts.’
      • ‘We changed direction and ran faster.’
      • ‘Ivan changes tempo, throwing back his head and swelling his voice around a soul-searing ballad, as if his life depended on it.’
      • ‘These programmed materials change shape when struck by light at certain wavelengths and return to their original shapes when exposed to light of specific different wavelengths.’
      • ‘After centuries of wondering, men can finally work out if their partner really is 'fine' or not thanks to a new dress that changes colour depending on a woman's mood.’
      • ‘Pretty much everything has to change shape.’
      • ‘Jason cursed under his breath and changed course suddenly to the next train down the line.’
      alter, make different, become different, undergo a change, make alterations to, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, turn, amend, improve, modify, convert, revise, recast, reform, reshape, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, rework, remake, remodel, remould, redo, reconstruct, reorganize, reorder, refine, reorient, reorientate, vary, transform, transfigure, transmute, metamorphose, undergo a sea change, evolve
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    2. 1.2no object (of traffic lights) move from one colour of signal to another.
      ‘they stopped at the corner, waiting for the lights to change’
      • ‘Ford opened the door and hopped in just as the light changed and traffic started to move again.’
      • ‘As he approached a set of traffic lights where he was to turn left, the signals changed from green to red.’
      • ‘He had to look up then, because he was driving and the red light had changed to green.’
      • ‘After what felt like eons, the light changed to green, but the do-not-walk signal remained.’
      • ‘The light changed and traffic moved my way.’
      • ‘Renee glanced at him while she waited for a stoplight to change to green.’
      • ‘The lights changed to green, but the car in front didn't move.’
      • ‘Emma went from pale to bright red, looking much like a traffic light changing.’
      • ‘Luckily the lights changed and we moved on before I got really spooked.’
      • ‘He was not stopped long when the lights changed to green but the traffic continued to flow on from the opposite direction.’
      • ‘I was at a red light when the fatal wicket fell, and not a car moved when the lights changed.’
      • ‘The red light quickly changed to green, brightening the cargo hold.’
      • ‘He replied only with a nod, and finally that traffic light changed to green.’
      • ‘The red light changed, and they started moving again, except for the line of cars behind the van.’
      • ‘And we would stop at a light and start to kiss until the light changed and people would honk at us so we would move.’
      • ‘If they have to wait for a traffic light to change twice, they consider it a major traffic jam.’
      • ‘The traffic signal changed from red to green to red, over and over, as we stood locked in place.’
      • ‘When the lights changed he cut across the front of me and the traffic behind me and went straight on queue jumping.’
      • ‘The traffic lights changed and it sped round the corner.’
    3. 1.3no object (of the moon) arrive at a fresh phase; become new.
      ‘he is going to be worse for the next two or three days because the moon has changed’
      • ‘Mercifully, the moon has changed, which always gives me the strength to crawl out of my funk and count my blessings.’
      • ‘The moon is forever changing, and none knows why it is so mysterious.’
      • ‘By this time it was nine days since the moon had changed.’
      • ‘Day and night are well implemented and you can even see the moon change as the month progresses.’
  • 2with object Take or use another instead of.

    ‘she decided to change her name’
    • ‘He changed his name to M. Bourgeois and applied for poor relief.’
    • ‘She changed her name to Donatella Versace, and of course - the rest is history.’
    • ‘Around the same time, she changed her name to Billie Holiday.’
    • ‘She also cited a 2001 Utah case in which a man legally changed his name to Santa Claus.’
    • ‘When she went solo she changed her name to Deborah, but found the fans only wanted Blondie.’
    • ‘Michael, one of the smallest guys in school, didn't grow one inch until the fourth form but by then had changed his name to Mike Da Hat for effect.’
    • ‘I would have loved it if my husband had changed his name to mine, but he was not any more interested in doing that than I was in changing mine to his, so here we are.’
    • ‘One enthusiast in Banbury, Oxfordshire, is said to have changed his name to PlayStation 2.’
    • ‘When Katie went missing, we decided to keep Socks, and changed his name to Jamie.’
    • ‘However, his mum, Mary, is from Stirling and two years ago, he went about changing his nationality so he could compete for Britain in Salt Lake City.’
    • ‘But the main news of the day is that Gilz has changed his name to Giles.’
    • ‘I have been to more than 50 of his concerts over the years and changed my name to Robert George Dylan Willis by deed poll’
    • ‘Mr Kohn converted to Catholicism when he changed his name to Kerry in 1902.’
    • ‘When their guru turned out to be mad, materialistic and exploitative, the family escaped and changed their name to Phoenix.’
    • ‘Mr Avery also told how his son had changed his name to Regan ‘because he said he didn't like the name Avery’.’
    • ‘Originally called John Campbell, he had changed his name to that of the late motor-racing champion.’
    • ‘When my father became an actor he changed his name to Peter Penry-Jones.’
    • ‘Postman Dave Clark loves his local football team so much he officially changed his name to Swindon Town Dave.’
    • ‘Also you have forgotten my other brother who was so sickened at the sight that we changed his name to Queesy.’
    • ‘Michael Mann uses this as the catalyst for the politicisation of the man who became a Muslim and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.’
    • ‘In 1980 the band changed their name to The Bootles and concentrated on playing Beatles' songs.’
    1. 2.1 Move from one to another.
      ‘she was a typist who changed jobs incessantly’
      • ‘Crucially, the account would be portable, moving if workers changed jobs.’
      • ‘I broke my leg, my wife had a baby, I've moved house and changed job.’
      • ‘She also noticed some of the men exchanging glances and changing seats frequently (in the waiting area).’
      • ‘To go via York and Newcastle, which involves changing trains, costs £62.’
      • ‘Some of the London Bridge services proceed along Thameslink, so one can also get to King's Cross and north London without changing trains.’
      • ‘He said he had been changing trains at York on his way home at the end of a seven-day 100 mile trek across the North York Moors and along the coast from Whitby to Scarborough.’
      • ‘During that intervening period, the couple moved about constantly, changing residences and jobs.’
      • ‘The long and winding railroad to London is back on the straight and narrow as Manchester travellers can once more get there without changing trains.’
      • ‘From London, changing trains at either Lille or Paris, costs from £115 return and takes about seven hours.’
      • ‘This might mean moving to another town, changing jobs, forming new relationships, for example.’
      • ‘Alfonso entered camp a malcontent, tired of changing positions.’
      • ‘On purely practical terms, Edinburgh can be reached from London in less than an hour, while the journey to Halifax is long, arduous and involves changing trains.’
      • ‘Is it fair to require a person to change his or her job or be made redundant without compensation?’
      • ‘In World War I Italy changed sides during the war.’
      swap, exchange, interchange, substitute, switch, commute, convert, replace, rotate, alternate, transpose
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    2. 2.2no object Move to a different train, bus, etc.
      ‘we had to change at Rugby’
      • ‘The gauge on the railways are all different, so that you can't travel any distance by train without having to change.’
      • ‘Once in a while, when we changed to the express train I would have trouble finding a seat for the Founder to sit in.’
      • ‘Passengers changed from train to steamboat at Stonington and continued by sea to New York.’
      • ‘I travelled by train from Edinburgh to Penrith, changing at Carlisle, and then it was just a short taxi ride to the resort.’
      • ‘On my return I caught a train going to Dundee and again I had to change at Sheffield.’
      • ‘After changing at Jamaica we still found a crowded train, but it did thin out as we got further out of the city.’
      • ‘Now, I am a man of the world, and I know where to change on a train journey from Guildford to Bracknell.’
      • ‘But, how about changing to another Waterloo train at Clapham Junction and getting off at Vauxhall?’
      • ‘She had to take a train to London, a flight to Paris, change to an Air France flight to Barcelona and then a boat trip to the island.’
      • ‘Travellers changing from train to bus at Southend Victoria rail station could soon have a better idea of when their bus will arrive.’
      • ‘Coming back in from Oyster Bay we changed again at Mineola to a Patchogue train and got off at Babylon.’
      • ‘Presuming you're not changing onto another train, your subterrain adventure is almost at its end.’
      • ‘Neil would've gotten her changing onto a Thameslink train and ending up at Farringdon.’
      • ‘There are dozens of different lines, with passengers changing from one train to another at many stations along the way who do not want to wait too long for their connections.’
      • ‘Laura and Zoe showed up, we caught the train to Dover and changed there for Canters.’
    3. 2.3 Give up or get rid of (something) in exchange for something else.
      ‘we changed the flagstones for quarry tiles’
      • ‘I changed the cement for polyester cement in several places.’
      • ‘She quickly changed her tee shirt for a bulky sweatshirt.’
    4. 2.4 Remove (something dirty or faulty) and replace it with another of the same kind.
      ‘he scarcely knew how to change a plug’
      • ‘I headed in the direction of his voice and found him changing Kyle's diaper.’
      • ‘Don't embark on any ambitious DIY projects until you have seen how much mess he makes changing a light bulb.’
      • ‘Specialist officers also changed the locks and pulled up the floorboards of the couple's house where Joanne was last seen alive.’
      • ‘And those are the very women who now frequent my house and laugh when they are told how I tried to change a nappy last night.’
      • ‘She put him on his change table and changed his outrageously dirty diaper with a fresh new one.’
      • ‘This meant the tyre went flat, which in turn meant I had to pull over and change the wheel.’
      • ‘In terms of child care, having no sense of smell has an up side and a down side. The good thing is that changing dirty nappies is so much less unpleasant.’
      • ‘Whether it's changing a light bulb or putting up a shelf, there's a certain amount of satisfaction to be had in fixing something around the house.’
      • ‘When I was changing his nappy this morning, he did a funny little movement with his hands I had never seen before.’
      • ‘I suggest you ask the people in charge of changing the light bulbs.’
      • ‘In particular, this means regular hand washing with soap and water, after using the toilet, changing babies' nappies and before handling food.’
      • ‘I'm tired of changing your baby's smelly diapers, you deadbeat dad.’
      • ‘You might try a short delay in changing your child's soiled nappy and getting them to stand up when you change them.’
      • ‘She finished changing the baby's damp bed linen and grabbed his little stuffed bear to take downstairs with them.’
    5. 2.5 Put a clean nappy on (a baby or young child)
      ‘I changed her on top of the table until she got too big’
      • ‘I went into the washroom to clean up, and a lady was there changing her baby.’
      • ‘He had on diapers, he looked like he had not been changed or cleaned for like two weeks.’
      • ‘The baby must be changed more frequently with cloth so she stays cleaner and drier.’
      • ‘A disposable nappy is a fast solution when you need to change your child in the back of the car.’
    6. 2.6no object Engage a different gear in a motor vehicle.
      ‘he changed into second’
      • ‘On a motorway, you are unlikely to need the ‘occupied’ hand for things like changing gear.’
      • ‘He skated with charisma, changing from one gear to another, from one direction to another, faster than a sports car.’
      • ‘From this season gears will be changed by the drivers rather than by a pre-programmed computer system.’
      • ‘You can either let the computer handle the task of changing the six forward gears for you, or you can select each gear yourself using the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.’
      • ‘Halfway the circuit, behind the paddock, a fast left-right combination makes you shift back to third gear before gradually changing gear up to fifth.’
      • ‘In fact the hardest aspect of changing gear on this car was operating the heavy-duty clutch.’
      • ‘The gears if changed too early will not help in minimizing the fuel efficiency.’
      • ‘We slide past a row of fencing, Jake changing to second gear in the side of my vision, and the path bends a few metres in.’
      • ‘Son changed into a different gear and swooping on the leader right on the line gained a neck victory in 18.03.’
      • ‘With the twisty nature of the track as well it meant that we were changing gear a lot more than usual.’
      • ‘He remembers changing two gears and was about to change into third gear.’
      • ‘She howled her head off and each time I changed gears she reached out and sunk her claws into my hand, arm, and leg.’
      • ‘On the same road the DSG-equipped car insisted on changing gear each time, even when I'd told it not to by selecting a gear manually.’
      • ‘The gearbox is willing although you will be changing gear a lot to keep up with traffic on the motorway.’
      • ‘Vehicles pollute more when driven in lower gears or when changing gear.’
      • ‘On a good note the shifting is so precise and exact that I could change into the wrong gear without even thinking about it.’
      • ‘More schools in Wiltshire are changing into a higher gear on the information superhighway.’
    7. 2.7 Exchange (a sum of money) for the same sum in a different currency or denomination.
      ‘he popped into a bank to change a ten-pound note into one-pound coins’
      • ‘Where can I change euros to sterling outside of normal business hours?’
      • ‘Foreign currency can be changed at banks and cambios, and at many hotels.’
      • ‘They stopped at the entrance to the bus and the young lady asked if I could change a twenty pound note for two ten pound notes.’
      • ‘If you try to change dollars for pesos, people look at you like you're crazy.’
      • ‘Not knowing what else to do, she went to buy a ticket to Paris, but realised she had to change all of her money.’
    8. 2.8no object Put different clothes on.
      ‘he changed for dinner’
      • ‘She changed into a light yellow dress that had tiny white flowers and green leaves on it.’
      • ‘Upon arriving and getting changed we promptly headed off up the track to the stile and the very muddy ground beyond.’
      • ‘Going to her bureau, she picked out a light blue dress and changed into it.’
      • ‘She brushed her teeth, changed into a nightgown, and climbed into bed.’
      • ‘After driving past the house by the path to the cave we arrived and got changed on the side of the road.’
      • ‘She took a quick shower, drying herself off and changing into a fresh new outfit.’
      • ‘She also suggests changing into a fresh pair of socks when yours become sweaty.’
      • ‘To cool off before sundown they changed into cutoff shorts and walked down to the river to go swimming.’
      • ‘While moving my body to the beat of the song, I danced my way to my wardrobe pulled out a fresh uniform and changed.’
      • ‘Currently everyone is changing into their ski gear and I'm sitting on the couch waiting for them to hurry up.’
      • ‘I quickly changed into my pajamas and slipped into my half of the bed.’
      • ‘He rushed to his bedroom to change and seconds later heard a crash as his front door was kicked in.’
      • ‘Ellen finally showed up and I got in the car and changed on the way back home.’
      • ‘He changed into his riding clothes and went downstairs to the stables to go for a nice long ride through the country.’
      • ‘Calming down, she walked out of her room, having changed into a light blue blouse and brown skirt.’
      • ‘He was already changed into his nightclothes, I noticed as he moved to sit next to me.’
      • ‘You don't want to be late because you couldn't change fast enough.’
      • ‘She went to her own room and changed quickly into a fresh dress before heading downstairs.’
      • ‘I changed into a fresh set of clothes quickly and headed for the cafeteria for a bite to eat.’
      • ‘They decided it would be safest if she went with Nick and changed in the car.’


  • 1An act or process through which something becomes different.

    ‘the change from a nomadic to an agricultural society’
    mass noun ‘activities related to environmental change’
    • ‘I think the two things that were important were the peace process and the change in the economy.’
    • ‘Opposition right wing parties will try to get their proposal for constitution changes approved.’
    • ‘The only difference they might see initially would be a change in the time of services.’
    • ‘Sometimes a subtle change in emphasis or hue can render a very different canvas.’
    • ‘The frozen meat trade also caused changes in the way the sheep farmers managed their flocks.’
    • ‘Once again, females showed the most dramatic changes in attitudes toward sex.’
    • ‘Rapid technological change has also done its share to elevate the status of children.’
    • ‘The proposal makes sweeping, radical changes in the law, but the regulatory analysis does not reflect them.’
    • ‘I blinked, a little confused by the sudden change in conversation, but quickly nodded.’
    • ‘Where there has been a change in fees that has not been negotiated, a process has been put in place to address that.’
    • ‘If enthusiasm for monarchy waned, did the emergence of feasible alternatives explain subsequent political changes?’
    • ‘The change in perspective allows us to have a different view on our lives as well.’
    • ‘‘These observations of rapid climate changes over one decade may merit some concern,’ the authors write.’
    • ‘Traditionally, they are a girls' best friend, ready to swap advice on anything from relationships to career changes.’
    • ‘Staff sickness rates are at record levels in some places and could have been further affected by a change in shift patterns.’
    • ‘The nation that benefits from change is that which adapts the quickest.’
    • ‘Even if the same party regains power, the change in leadership can make all the difference.’
    • ‘The period covered by the records was one which saw the most significant technological changes in naval history.’
    • ‘Lee promptly stiffen at the turn of the conversation and the change in my tone of voice.’
    • ‘During the late 1970s researchers again observed dramatic changes in sea-surface temperature, ocean circulation, and climatology.’
    1. 1.1 The substitution of one thing for another.
      ‘we need a change of government’
      • ‘I fancied a change of shopping venue today, so we tried Horncastle for the first time.’
      • ‘Students taking exams had a last-minute change of venue after vandals struck a school building.’
      • ‘If there is a change of Government, that is when those things come to an end.’
      • ‘Prosecutors normally try to insist that someone was rational when they did the crime, is this a change of tack?’
      • ‘It requires a change of mindset on the part of the employer, but it takes time.’
      • ‘It demonstrates every reason why there needs to be a change of Government in New Zealand next year.’
      • ‘Oh, by the way, we concluded that a change of address is out of the question.’
      • ‘You are absolutely, positively in need of a change of scenery.’
      • ‘They hope a change of scenery will lift the mood and create a closer bond within the squad before the Preston home game a week on Saturday.’
      • ‘You know the best thing about it is that you're actually going to cause a change of government this weekend.’
      • ‘Difficulties of enforcement would not be a change of circumstances.’
      • ‘The only disappointment was the change of venue due to lack of demand at St George's Hall.’
      • ‘It would be only on request or if a change of policy were indicated that Ministers would be informed or involved.’
      • ‘I am really pleased to see that there is a change of Minister in the chair for the debate on Part 1.’
      • ‘Chairman Rennie Pinder said he could not rule out a change of venue but refused to speculate on a possible return to Chorley.’
      • ‘But we have to ask not only how the present situation works, but also how it might be affected if there was to be a change of regime.’
      • ‘However, If the tie is postponed for a third time the Football Association say they will consider a change of venue.’
      • ‘They did not let the change of venue upset their rhythm and attacked Town from the opening whistle.’
      • ‘Andrew noticed the sudden change of direction, as the wave moved faster towards them.’
      • ‘I work all day, so cannot pick up the email to notify me of the change of venue.’
      • ‘I made a non-committal noise that was supposed to indicate I would have quite liked a change of subject.’
      • ‘The project was delayed due to an increase of price of steel and change of government.’
      • ‘The change of venue is due to the hall renovations currently underway in Kilmaine hall.’
      • ‘This is simply a club that can't figure out its ballpark and needs a change of scenery.’
      • ‘Well if I was to do anything differently I wouldn't insist on a change of venue, but I would write my own vows.’
      • ‘His fight scenes are so swift they're over before you've fully adjusted to the change of tone.’
      • ‘She had felt bad for me living like I had at home, it was too crowded and noisy, and I needed a change of scenery.’
      • ‘Then suddenly a change of habits started working, and kept working, and there I have it.’
      • ‘From there he worked without official credentials to facilitate a change of policy at home.’
      • ‘He typifies why there will be a change of Government when we go to the polls on 30 July this year.’
      • ‘The first breach of neutrality did not express a change of policy.’
      • ‘He says that there is a change of circumstances in that it is now clear that the appeal cannot be brought on within the time before the money had to be paid.’
      • ‘The change of venue was only notified on polling cards, which were issued last week.’
      • ‘Yet there was a change of mood in the air, the beginnings of a feeling of charged expectancy.’
      • ‘In short, therefore, a change of circumstances may lead to a revised determination of benefit payable.’
      • ‘Maybe you can legislate for a tolerant society, but a change of attitudes has to happen for it to become an accepting society?’
      • ‘So instead of there being such a clean break of content, it's more a change of style.’
      • ‘They are extremely expensive and it is very, very difficult to bring about a change of opinion.’
      • ‘That arrogance is also one of the reasons there will be a change of Government.’
      • ‘If a change of venue occurs it will be announced on the sports programme on Radio Kerry during the week.’
      • ‘The alterations included changes of key, which make this less celebratory in tone but nevertheless effective.’
      • ‘I don't think a change of minister would have a dramatic impact at all Norman.’
      • ‘All those who have already applied for tickets will be contacted and notified of the change of venue.’
      • ‘However Geelong found Byrne a job as a financial planner and that was more than enough to cause a change of plan.’
      • ‘At that stage, unfortunately, there was an election and a change of Government.’
      • ‘Audiology services in Bury are to be modernised under a change of leadership.’
      • ‘As will become apparent there has been a change of representation in around the autumn of 2001.’
      • ‘People are asked to please take note of the temporary change of venue for the meeting.’
      • ‘Due to the new regulations that allow a change of tyres only in the case of an obvious defect, this kind of mistake can ruin an entire race.’
      • ‘He attributed this to the change of focus in adjusting to a new life style.’
      swap, exchange, interchange, substitution, switch, commutation, conversion, replacement, rotation, alternation, transposition
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    2. 1.2 An alteration or modification.
      ‘a change came over Eddie's face’
      • ‘The major changes have involved adjusting the map to make the countries more nearly equal, and to give them a wider range of strategic choices.’
      • ‘The changes have turned it into one of the best venues on the European Tour.’
      • ‘However, other major changes or outright revisions may or may not be included.’
      • ‘For a few people the changes have demanded significant alterations in their working lives.’
      • ‘Some minor changes and adjustments were made to the form based on their feedback.’
      • ‘It's a creative process; there will be alterations and changes, but you have to be happy with it and excited by it.’
      • ‘It will take some time to adjust to these changes and some people will find it hard to accept.’
      • ‘There will also be changes made at the Cat Holes, a favourite swimming venue.’
      • ‘He has noted many changes since he first took up the chalk and has presided over much in the way of change in the provision of education.’
      • ‘Any change will obviously be evolutionary and voluntary so there is not much to be feared in that.’
      • ‘What we do is write down what they say, type it up and send it out to them, asking them to make amendments or changes where necessary.’
      • ‘I had never seen such a huge change happen so fast.’
      • ‘This revision reflects changes and developments over the last year and builds on input from key operational partners.’
      • ‘He said he believed a total ban was appropriate, but that hotels ought to have more time to adjust to the changes.’
      • ‘At the meeting on September 19, he said Dr Kelly had suggested more than a dozen amendments and changes.’
      • ‘Other changes include a reshaped fuel tank and new instrument cluster.’
      • ‘These changes will result in alterations at executive level.’
      • ‘Generally, the body does not adjust well to sudden changes, even when they are favorable.’
      • ‘Progress will be slow but in the face of the alternatives we have to begin making these changes now.’
      • ‘What major changes or modifications have you made to the engine for this new game?’
      alteration, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendment, adjustment, adaptation
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    3. 1.3 A new or refreshingly different experience.
      ‘couscous makes an interesting change from rice’
      • ‘That doesn't make them any less important of course but it is a refreshing change.’
      • ‘He also curbed his tendency to slash at balls outside the off stump which came as a refreshing change.’
      • ‘In a climate where it seems other politicians struggle with that acceptance, it's a refreshing change.’
      • ‘These make a refreshing change from the usual red and look lovely against a backdrop of dark green spiny leaves.’
      • ‘It made a refreshing change to see something for vegetarians other than vegetable lasagne on the menu.’
      • ‘The blouse is the new jacket substitute, sometimes matched to a dress as a change from a suit.’
      • ‘In a city where greed is good, it makes a refreshing change but the bottom line is that success is expected to continue regardless.’
      • ‘With Hollywood showing off only its action side in India for a while, this is quite a refreshing change.’
      • ‘So, the email we received yesterday was a refreshing change and it actually came from a real person.’
      • ‘Clearly, the whole idea was to bring a refreshing change from the gruelling schedule at camp.’
      • ‘After my current problems with IT and watercolour painting tutors, that was a refreshing change.’
      • ‘So it makes a refreshing change to view a film that chooses to adopt one of the principal laws of journalism by getting its facts right.’
      • ‘David says he finds straight pubs a refreshing change now and again.’
      • ‘It's just a bad idea for the neck hair to be black, and it was an interesting change, I liked my wig.’
      • ‘It makes an interesting change for this House to be focusing its attention on standards.’
      • ‘What a refreshing change it is to experience a service person that does not detest his or her job.’
      • ‘A refreshing change from the unholy stench emanating from the factories out the back.’
      • ‘Aladdin made a refreshing change from some of the rubbish on television which passes for entertainment.’
      • ‘House is a refreshing change, and brings a wholly new element to the medical drama genre.’
      • ‘His interviews are such a refreshing change because he is perfectly candid.’
    4. 1.4in singular A clean garment or garments as a replacement for something one is wearing.
      ‘a change of socks’
      • ‘Not content with simply getting me a change of clothing, Carol and Maxine had cooked up a master plan.’
      • ‘I went to my clothing bag and got him a change of clothes, some toiletries, and a towel.’
      • ‘Each person taking part will have to bring old running shoes, a swimsuit, a towel and a change of clothes.’
      • ‘After they had bathed and put on a change of clean clothes, there was a knock at the door.’
      • ‘With him he takes a change of shirt, a camera and some cash, and that's about it.’
      • ‘Just then the steward came back with a couple of dresses and even a change of clothes for Jack.’
      • ‘I carry a few pills to deal with malaria, and a change of clothing, and that's about it.’
      • ‘I go to my luggage and get out a change of clothing so I can at least get myself out of my pajamas.’
      • ‘He had been able to find a fresh change of clothes and was now sleeping peacefully on the pillow-covered floor.’
      • ‘There was a change of shorts and a T-shirt, probably for gym class, and a laptop computer!’
      • ‘You will need a change of clothes, shoes that will get wet and a towel.’
      • ‘Open Hogmanay lays on three cooked meals a day, overnight accommodation, showers and a change of clothing.’
      • ‘It's lucky then that he has already stashed a change of clothing with the owner of a cafe over the road from the office.’
      • ‘The pilots will travel with just a change of clothing, a tent and life raft.’
      • ‘Kato nodded and left, coming back a moment later with a fresh change of clothes.’
      • ‘I help provide clients with a fresh change of clothes after they have had a hot meal and a wash.’
      • ‘When the young man emerged from the building some time later he was sporting a change of clothing.’
      • ‘There was a carrier bag to his side which held a change of underwear and a shirt and a pair of jeans.’
      • ‘Then it occurs to me that I might need a change of underwear after this flight.’
      • ‘There was a change of clothing for both of them and they changed in the back as the truck moved.’
      • ‘He was carrying neither a towel nor a change of clothing, so he did not climb down with her.’
    5. 1.5the change" or "the change of lifeinformal The menopause.
      • ‘Stress management in the form of daily deep breathing, yoga or prayer can also work wonders as our bodies gear up for the change of life.’
      • ‘‘I asked her why she had not consulted me and she remarked that she had been going through the change,’ said the doctor.’
      • ‘In marketing products for postmenopausal women, he had interviews set up with doctors as well as women themselves about the change of life.’
    6. 1.6 The moon's arrival at a fresh phase, typically at the new moon.
      • ‘A Welsh man told me he came across for a long weekend because he had checked the atmospherics and moon changes.’
  • 2mass noun Coins as opposed to banknotes.

    ‘a handful of loose change’
    • ‘I put the coffee back down on the table and shifted through my pockets for some change.’
    • ‘If you feel that energy bills are taking a big chunk of change out of your pocket, you are not alone.’
    • ‘They also pocketed a pile of change which had been saved to buy the children's sweets.’
    • ‘Mr. Sanderson dug some change out of his pocket and found a pay phone.’
    • ‘She raised her eyebrows but agreed, reluctantly, digging into her pocket for change.’
    • ‘Before I could pull some change out of my pocket to pay for it, a hand held out ten dollars to the man who served me.’
    • ‘They waved to Johnny who was fishing around in his pockets for change for the meter.’
    • ‘She said no but Smith went straight to the sideboard and took some loose change from her purse.’
    • ‘And he dug deep into his pocket, rummaged about a bit and then took out a few notes and a handful of loose change.’
    • ‘As he reached into his pocket to get some change, two £50 notes fell to the floor.’
    • ‘What better site to choose than one where people will be fiddling about in their pockets for change?’
    • ‘I didn't have much change on me when I subtracted my bus fare, but I emptied out all I could spare for him.’
    • ‘A coin trap collects any loose change which falls out of the pockets of garments being washed.’
    • ‘When I picked it up, there was a metallic tinkle, like spare change in a pocket and a wet flopping sound.’
    • ‘But this was only pocket change compared to the nine grand he owed to three bookies and one loan shark.’
    • ‘All pennies and loose change can be given to pupils at the school or donated at the school itself.’
    • ‘I came across a pocketful of change and wondered for a moment, what are these shiny tokens?’
    • ‘I had more than enough loose change in my coin purse to pay for it so it's not like I was spending real money.’
    • ‘With a shrug, I dig out some pocket change, make my one purchase and drive back to Calgary.’
    • ‘Leo then ordered a large popcorn and searched through his pocket for change.’
    coins, loose change, small change, cash, petty cash, coinage, coin, coin of the realm, hard cash, silver, copper, coppers, gold
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    1. 2.1 Money given in exchange for the same sum in larger units.
      ‘I'd go to the bank and get change’
      • ‘Two guys, thuglike if you will, stood waiting with a ten dollar in hand requesting change.’
      • ‘‘I don't think I've got change for a fiver,’ I said as I searched in my bag.’
      • ‘I parked within sight of an attendant in St Andrew Square, and informed him that I was going to get some change from the bank opposite.’
      • ‘You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.’
      • ‘The looks of horror I elicited from people at the bus stop as I attempted to ask them if they had any change for a two pound coin was striking.’
    2. 2.2 Money returned to someone as the balance of the sum paid for something.
      ‘I watched him check and pocket his change’
      • ‘The chances of finding the Thai Millennium coins in your change are very small.’
      • ‘The lady at the till calculated what was owed, took the money and gave him his change.’
      • ‘She pocketed her spare change and the sweets and turned in the direction of Chris' voice.’
      • ‘He put the spray can and the key chain into a bag, took her money and gave her change.’
      • ‘Half a million pounds is serious money but you might not have much change left if you bought a house in the country.’
      • ‘You could snap up the Brazilian football team for that kind of money and still have change to buy the Suez Canal.’
      • ‘Consumers should also in turn not accept the old cash as change - unless they want to make a trip to the bank.’
      • ‘I slid a dollar and a dime into the machine and received a nickel and a penny in change.’
  • 3usually changesAn order in which a peal of bells can be rung.

    • ‘Ringing all 720 changes on six bells takes about 25 minutes.’
    • ‘Bell ringing is good exercise for the body and mind, the bells are heavy and the bell ringers have to remember the changes.’
    • ‘Good methods produce pleasing sequences of musical changes.’
    chime, carillon, ring, ringing, knell, toll, tolling, sound, sounding, death knell, clang, boom, resounding, reverberation, touch
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  • 4historical A place where merchants met to do business.


  • change address

    • Move house or business premises.

      ‘people are likely to change address in the course of a year’
      • ‘We would like to remind customers how important it is to let us know when they change address.’
      • ‘Sometimes a customer tells us they have changed address.’
      • ‘Since most young voters live in rented accommodation, they tend to change address frequently, creating difficulties in having to redirect their vote from their parental ‘home’ address.’
      • ‘The most disadvantaged will be young people who are likely to be first time voters and regularly changing address.’
      • ‘A pilot scheme due to be launched next month will automatically inform different Government departments when people move house or change address.’
      • ‘The list was generated three weeks into the quarter in order to include students who had registered late or changed address.’
      • ‘Another safeguard, believed to be unique to the city, is that voters who are registered to vote by post are contacted every year by the city to see if the have changed address.’
      • ‘Sometimes people change address or job and they don't realise that this will affect their benefit forms.’
      • ‘Given the frequency with which people change address these days, an efficient redirection service could be a real money-spinner.’
      • ‘The advice to consumers is to leave a forwarding address with the new occupants when you change address and don't pay for the Royal Mail service.’
      relocate, move house, move away, move out, change address, change house, leave, go away, decamp
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  • change colour

    • Blanch or flush.

      ‘she saw that he had changed colour and she now experienced some of his embarrassment’
      • ‘Then he turned towards the young lady to reproach her, but saw that she had changed colour and her face was pale.’
      • ‘His face often changed color with anger, despair, passion and fear.’
      • ‘Andrew changed colour and his friend, who was trained in first aid, dragged him off the couch on to the floor checked his airway was clear and started administering resuscitation techniques.’
      • ‘His face changes colour and he is visibly angry.’
      • ‘As he warmed to his subject his face changed colour from red to purple.’
      blush, redden, go pink, turn pink, go red, turn red, go crimson, turn crimson, go scarlet, turn scarlet, colour, colour up, change colour, crimson, tint, burn up
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  • change hands

    • 1(of a business or building) pass to a different owner.

      ‘the Black Lion pub has changed hands recently’
      • ‘The six-storey building is also about to change hands.’
      • ‘Then the place changed hands, from one American owner to another, received a lick and a polish and the Mexican menu was revamped.’
      • ‘Speculation behind the identity of the buyers had been rife following a flurry of deals last week that saw ownership of the building change hands twice in a matter of hours.’
      • ‘May I point out that none of the houses overlooking the cricket pitch has changed hands since the buildings were completed.’
      • ‘Apparently it changed hands last year, but the new owners have been making changes gradually, only changing the name in recent months.’
      • ‘In the 1930s Sundrum was sold again and converted into a first-class hotel, changing hands in the mid 1980s when various owners came and went, until 1991 when Salopian Estates stepped in.’
      • ‘The woodland has changed hands and the new owner is planning to fence it off, thereby denying me access to my club.’
      • ‘Even before the building changed hands, Anita had had to work full-time at a local shop just to cover her housing costs.’
      • ‘The Finborough public house, home to Steam Industry these many years, has changed hands and the new owners have assured that the theatre will remain.’
      • ‘Staff at the Lane Ends pub said the premises were about to change hands and the prospective owners had promised to deal with the rubbish.’
      1. 1.1(of money or a marketable commodity) pass to another person in the course of a business transaction.
        ‘so far, no money has changed hands’
        • ‘It doesn't take a genius, however, to figure out that a large sum of money changed hands.’
        • ‘And many crooks prefer dealing with the big places, where the sheer volume of money changing hands covers their tracks.’
        • ‘In a paper on the proposed extension of shop trading hours, Mr Tembo said one of the factors that account for growth in an economy is the rate at which money changes hands in the economy.’
        • ‘What's more, independent assessors must verify progress on these improvements before money changes hands.’
        • ‘Little stones and big sums of money traditionally change hands here on the basis of trust.’
        • ‘And a lot of that money changes hands online through credit cards with banks handling those transactions.’
        • ‘But to me it looks like a straightforward transfer of assets between two spouses where no money changes hands.’
        • ‘So if no product or service exists, and only money is changing hands, head for the door.’
        • ‘No money changes hands until a company says it actually wants the product.’
        • ‘A little sunlight filtered through the front door, but no money would change hands now.’
  • a change is as good as a rest

    • proverb A change of work or occupation can be as restorative or refreshing as a period of relaxation.

      • ‘It's as true for doctors as for anyone: a change is as good as a rest.’
      • ‘They say a change is as good as a rest, and one day away from work helping a local project could be a superb way to boost morale and team spirit.’
      • ‘I wouldn't say I had early nights exactly (Day One we were up until 6 in the morning) but a change is as good as a rest.’
      • ‘On the basis that a change is as good as a rest, fans of the four finalists are surely refreshed by their revels.’
      • ‘But if a change is as good as a rest, Smith has long since woken from his catnap.’
      • ‘They say a change is as good as a rest and so it is proving as the Wasps followed up their win at Lancashire last week with their best performance of the season to make it two wins from two since Atkins took over as caretaker coach.’
      • ‘It won't solve anything, but hey, a change is as good as a rest…’
      • ‘While the coach is not overburdened with options, Williams is almost sure to shake up his starting XV for next weekend's match if only because a change is as good as a rest.’
      • ‘A change is as good as a rest, I think the saying goes, and I'm sure it is a valid one.’
      • ‘Proof positive that a change is as good as a rest was delivered at a very soggy Goldenacre yesterday when Melrose edged past a Heriot's side which has been virtually unbeatable on its own patch over the past two seasons.’
  • change one's mind

    • Adopt a different opinion or plan.

      ‘he turned to go and then seemed to change his mind’
      • ‘Among people who currently support private accounts, over half change their mind when told the plan will cost $700 billion over the next decade.’
      • ‘However, the manager of that different area changed his mind, so I was in limbo.’
      • ‘Once a player has played a card to a trick, she may not change her mind and substitute a different card.’
      • ‘She checks her outfit twice, changes her mind and pulls out a different shirt.’
      • ‘Before long, I changed my mind and began making plans to go to North Carolina.’
      • ‘What was different was that he changed his mind and started another player as the pitcher.’
      • ‘Firstly, I don't change my mind or opinions just because someone else has a different one.’
      • ‘I shall voice my opinion but I would like to reserve the right to change my mind should I ever be faced with this position.’
      • ‘It is your right to change your mind, so don't be swayed by any staff who attempt to force you to buy the bag of sweets that you no longer want.’
      • ‘At one point he announces plans to go off without them, then changes his mind.’
      think again, think twice, have second thoughts, review one's position, come round
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  • a change of air

    • A different climate, typically as a means of improving one's health.

      • ‘He could recommend a change of air or of diet, administer a concoction of herbs (perhaps made to his own special recipe and charged at a high price), purge the patient, or, in the case of fever or threatened fever, bleed him.’
      • ‘The firm maintained a 5-bed convalescent home at Scarborough, to which employees in need of a change of air after sickness might be sent.’
      • ‘If your child has behavioural problems at school, like my son had in Canada, it can maybe be a good thing to get a change of air.’
      • ‘My only idea, at present, is to try a change of air and scene.’
      • ‘It is a new experience for me and I needed a change of air because in Spain the situation was not any good for me.’
      • ‘An obituary in the Liverpool Courier, for July 23, 1834, says that Austin had gone to Wales for a change of air and died there.’
      • ‘To the sick, the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery.’
      • ‘I think a change is in the cards for me; a change of air in a haven away from this decadent City of Dreams, with its deep-rooted cynicism, collective hypocrisy, torrid lies and false hopes.’
  • a change of heart

    • A move to a different opinion or attitude.

      ‘you can have your money back if you have a change of heart’
      • ‘The study's lead author suggested that doctors might have a change of heart regarding the use of aspirin in cardiac failure.’
      • ‘But there is hope for people who have a change of heart and want to increase their chances of survival.’
      • ‘However, he had a change of heart and announced in November that he would continue with his duties.’
      • ‘By their very nature, professional expatriates are not given to sudden irrational changes of heart, for in general they will have carefully weighed the pros and cons before accepting the position in the first place.’
      • ‘I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart.’
      • ‘Opponents say his change of heart over health, education and immigration policies looks like opportunism.’
      • ‘This break has been characterised by a couple of fairly major changes of heart.’
      • ‘He insists that there will be no more changes of heart and already has plans for a post-rugby sporting career.’
      • ‘Over the course of this very long and drawn out debate I have had many changes of heart on my position and in truth I still cant fully decide my stance.’
      • ‘The latest edition of the Lonely Planet guide to Britain has had a change of heart about the country's industrial cities.’
      change one's mind, change one's tune, have second thoughts, have a rethink, think again, think differently, think twice
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  • change places

    • Exchange places or roles.

      ‘under the bishop's plan, he and I were to change places’
      • ‘A boisterous group keen on having a good time, they kept changing places and pointing out landmarks on the ground below.’
      • ‘In 1846 he maintained that the continents and oceans had never changed places and that the Earth's general framework was essentially stable.’
      • ‘Would you want to change places with a great-great-grandparent?’
      • ‘Caroline told Wendy later, in total disbelief, that Pete had wanted them to change places so he could drive.’
      • ‘He thought the rich and poor should change places every week.’
      • ‘A few minutes later, she asked children to change places and continue painting the pictures which had been started by others.’
      • ‘For a period of about 10 days, each of the participants changed places with another participant, occupying the other's studio, home, country, and world.’
      • ‘The series gave six pupils and 10 teachers the chance to change places for a week, filming at a private boarding school in Scotland.’
      • ‘David Noonan changed places with Jimmy Barrett in the Kerry goal with all 16 players entering the fray at this stage.’
      • ‘It is difficult when on tours we have to change places very frequently.’
  • change sides

    • Begin to support a different side in a war or dispute.

      ‘one of his supporters changed sides’
      • ‘Let's not waste our time trying to get people to change sides.’
      • ‘He has boasted he can persuade enough government MPs to change sides to topple the regime by September.’
      • ‘He had acquired the nickname ' Bobbing John ' from his habit of frequently changing sides.’
      • ‘In 1794, for two reasons, he changed sides.’
      • ‘He has said most fighters can be persuaded to change sides by dialogue or better employment prospects.’
      • ‘Nor do passionate Republicans come to do missionary work to persuade me to change sides.’
      • ‘Overall, around 25 % of local security forces have deserted or changed sides over the last few days.’
      • ‘Hannibal ultimately hoped to defeat Rome by convincing her Italian allies to change sides.’
      • ‘In 1997 however, the newspaper changed sides to back Labour.’
      • ‘He did not simply lose his Christian faith; he changed sides.’
  • change step

    • Alter one's step so that the opposite leg is the one that marks time when marching.

      • ‘He did homage to Lady Jane Grey in 1553, but changed step nimbly and retained Mary's favour.’
      • ‘A long-standing critic of the festival, The Gazette had itself astonished readers three years earlier by changing step.’
      • ‘As Windows 2000 reaches crunch point the highways and byways of the Web are positively ringing to the crunch of beta-watchers changing step.’
  • change the subject

    • Begin talking of something different, to avoid embarrassment or distress.

      • ‘Allan, clearly embarrassed, changes the subject.’
      • ‘When this happens many people are embarrassed and try to change the subject.’
      • ‘Krista felt herself begin to blush and quickly changed the subject.’
      • ‘They agreed to this, obviously noting my distress and changing the subject to the dance.’
      • ‘Briskly changing the subject, she began cajoling me cheerfully again, all mention of her gone.’
      • ‘Embarrassed, Nadeem changed the subject to the damage a rogue elephant can do.’
      • ‘He changed the subject, avoiding the question and stating the obvious instead.’
      • ‘He consistently avoids or changes the subject every time I bring it up.’
      • ‘He seemed to always find a different way of changing the subject, which she found very amusing, but annoying.’
      • ‘Suddenly realising the potential for embarrassment, Kerry abruptly changed the subject.’
  • change one's tune

    • Express a very different opinion or behave in a very different way.

      ‘he'd soon change his tune if he thought she'd lost interest’
      • ‘He also accuses environmentalists, who were happy last year when the task force report came out, of changing their tune and saying the city needs a new garbage strategy.’
      • ‘But when they saw him play, they changed their tune and were impressed with his rapid development in Scotland.’
      • ‘Until I see a difference, I'm not changing my tune.’
      • ‘Within a couple of hours, however, they had changed their tune in the wake of negative feedback and agreed to discuss the situation further.’
      • ‘My parents always seemed to be understanding people but recently they have changed their tune and want to know what I am doing and where I am going all the time.’
      • ‘Given the growing popularity of your mix CD, have record companies since changed their tune?’
      • ‘I surprise myself in saying this, but what is so wrong with a woman changing her tune according to the man in her life?’
      • ‘I'm sure he changes his tune once he's stuck behind a desk encouraging his clients to sign on the dotted line.’
      • ‘Let's buy him some earplugs, and see if he changes his tune…’
      • ‘But when it comes to his own back yard he changes his tune.’
      change one's mind, think differently, express a different opinion, express a different view, sing a different song, sing a different tune, shift one's ground, do a u-turn, row back, march to the beat of a different drum, have a change of heart
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  • for a change

    • Contrary to how things usually happen or in order to introduce variety.

      ‘it's nice to be pampered for a change’
      • ‘I had an interesting day at work today; I actually had some work to do for a change.’
      • ‘On Scottish racing's big day, it would be appropriate for Scots to walk away with the loot for a change.’
      • ‘Maybe it will encourage him to actually address the relevant issues in our constituency for a change!’
      • ‘Not only is she marrying the man of her dreams, but she's also getting the opportunity to wear a dress for a change.’
      • ‘This morning my flat mate decided to empty the trash, and actually take the rubbish out of the house for a change.’
      • ‘They put him up high so, when we go to pay our respects, he can look down on us for a change.’
      • ‘If I had a reason today it was simply an urge to snap the computer off and get out and do sensible everyday things for a change.’
      • ‘So the drums are the stars for a change, while the melody provides a haunting backdrop.’
      • ‘We sauntered out of the house, feeling fairly smug as we'd got organised quite quickly for a change.’
      • ‘Perhaps we should all try to think of something else to say for a change.’
  • get no change out of

    • informal Fail to get information or a desired reaction from.

      ‘I doubt if you'll get much change out of Koogan’
      • ‘Then full-forward Anthony Nolan, who up to that point had got no change out of Noel Murphy, sent over a great equaliser.’
      • ‘Coleman said he did not think the sending off of Peter Canavan had a bearing on the outcome: ‘Before he was sent off he had got no change out of Sean Martin Lockhart so I don't think the sending off was a feature of the game.’’
      • ‘David Cuddy was having a battle royal with Christy O'Toole at midfield but switched places with centre forward John O'Sullivan who was getting no change out of Jeffrey Bermingham.’
      • ‘But players will get no change out of referees unless their pleas are simply: speak to your assistant.’
      • ‘Maurice Fitzgerald will hardly start now, but Declan Quill's introduction gives the management a pair of really valuable options up front if they are getting no change out of the Meath men.’
  • ring the changes

    • Vary the ways of expressing or doing something.

      • ‘I mean, I love horses, and riding horses and caring for horses has been a major part of my life, but maybe it's time to ring the changes.’
      • ‘Inevitably, the transformation of Ireland and the EU is ringing the changes of a society that is refusing to stand still.’
      • ‘Police in Sheffield are ringing the changes in a bid to crack mobile phone crime in the light of an alarming rise in bogus complaints.’
      • ‘Steve Bruce could be tempted to ring the changes in his Birmingham side tomorrow after admitting that two games in less than four days might be too much for his hard-working players.’
      • ‘New manager Phil Wilson has been ringing the changes since taking over the reins and has virtually a whole new squad to sort out.’
      • ‘Just as we thought they couldn't mess around with our phone numbers any more, they're ringing the changes again.’
      • ‘An estate agency is ringing the changes by offering a round-the-clock way for potential buyers to get instant details of properties on the market.’
      • ‘But while the traditional white uniforms still feature, and combatants still salute each other before a match, technology is ringing the changes.’
      • ‘A South Lakeland telecoms training company is ringing the changes by leaving its base for nearly half a century and moving to new premises.’
      • ‘Or to ring the changes, serve topped with a fried egg or slices of blue cheese, and melt under a grill.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • change down

    • Engage a lower gear in a vehicle or on a bicycle.

      ‘it is important to change down in plenty of time to avoid having to brake sharply’
      • ‘Gently increase acceleration and be prepared to change down through the gears to preserve momentum.’
      • ‘Under heavy braking, the gearbox changes down flawlessly, giving increased retardation.’
      • ‘I am not saying you should never brake because invariably you have to, but when someone in front brakes, assess the situation and lift off the accelerator a bit or change down to slow down.’
      • ‘This can become tiresome in cities, when what could be accomplished in second gear in most vehicles requires a change down to first in the Voyager.’
      • ‘I went in to the hairpin and changed down from fifth to fourth like I always had, and then it went into neutral and the engine stopped.’
      • ‘The driver uses the right-hand paddle to change up while the left one changes down.’
      • ‘As well as having a fully automatic setting, it also has seven pre-set gear positions, accessible by moving the lever back to change up and forwards to change down.’
      • ‘As you approach a junction in a car with a manual gearbox, you change down through the gears, which means that the engine creates drag and slows the car down.’
      • ‘It is necessary to change down to third gear to pick up speed, especially when overtaking.’
      • ‘It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.’
  • change over

    • 1Move from one system or situation to another.

      ‘arable farmers have to change over to dairy farming’
      • ‘Each youngster got the chance to be with one business in the morning and then change over to a second one for the afternoon session.’
      • ‘After that you change over to synthetic oil for a small gain in power, fuel economy, and engine longevity.’
      • ‘If we change over to the thumbnail view, then it has a max size of 100 px on a side which is about right for us in terms of limiting size.’
      • ‘And there was me thinking I'd not be changing over to my winter wardrobe until after we'd moved house.’
      • ‘Slowly add a little water, stirring with a wooden spoon until it forms a thick, smooth paste, then change over to an electric whisk and beat in the rest of the water.’
      • ‘Employers can change over to euro before that date if they choose, as long as they give prior notice to the Revenue Commissioners.’
      • ‘Finally everything was ready, so he gave the command for the controller to change over to the newest version of the code.’
      • ‘So, until I was able to change over to production, I had to go to all these Critical Studies classes.’
      • ‘Some left-handed people when pressurised to change over to the right hand also tend to develop a stutter or stammer.’
      • ‘I think that, if I ever buy a new computer, I shall grasp the nettle and change over to a decently powerful laptop.’
    • 2Swap roles or duties.

      ‘we were allowed to split the night duty between us, changing over at 2 a.m’
      • ‘I rested first and we changed over at midnight.’
      • ‘After a couple of hours or so, taking our hourly turns at the steering-wheel, the pangs of hunger proved powerful so, when we changed over at 1600, we looked for sustenance in the truck and found a tin of Pineapple Chunks.’
      • ‘At present, planes use one runway for landings and one for take-offs, changing over at 3pm in order to give people living under the flight-path some relief from the noise.’
  • change up

    • Engage a higher gear in a vehicle or on a bicycle.

      ‘what you notice with a diesel is the need to change up slightly earlier than in a petrol car’
      • ‘It's better to change up early, relying on the strong low-down torque and excellent gearbox to keep you rolling along at a reasonable pace.’
      • ‘Having merged the acts of engaging the clutch and slotting the gear home, this car can change up or down in 100 milliseconds.’
      • ‘There is a perceptible delay as you ask it to change up or down.’
      • ‘The car will change up if it reaches the end of the rev limit, which can catch you out.’
      • ‘It might still change up on you if you hold it on the redline, but for the most part this system has now evolved to provide manual control with auto convenience.’
      • ‘Elizabeth gave her attention to negotiating an awkward junction, and then shot another glance at her grandmother as she changed up through the gears.’
      • ‘It certainly powers nicely through third and fourth gears before changing up to cruise in fifth, but the benefits of all-wheel drive don't really extend to the petrol pumps.’
      • ‘When you change up however, you find out how clunky the shift can be.’
      • ‘Responsive and smooth, what really makes it shine is the logic behind the semi-auto gearstick: forward to change down; backward to change up.’
      • ‘The auto box changes up way too early and you're left gliding around the roads in a leather lined torpedo.’


Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latin cambiare, from Latin cambire ‘barter’, probably of Celtic origin.