Definition and Meanings for change

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Change is ranked 356 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of change

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of change

f. changer, fr. ll. cambiare, to exchange, barter, l. cambire. cf. cambial f. change, fr. changer. see change. v. t.pos see exchange

Meaning of change


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another.
  • specifically: to give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill.

as intransitive verb

  • to be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better.
  • to pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night.

as noun, transitive verb

  • any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.
  • a succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons.
  • a passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.
  • alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
  • that which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.
  • 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.
  • a place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
  • a public house; an alehouse.
  • any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.
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