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verb change pronunciation in American English /tʃeɪndʒ/
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present tense
present participlechanging
past tensechanged
past participlechanged
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to become different, or to make someone or something different
    Some things never change.
    After a few days the weather changed dramatically.
    The law was changed in 1989.
    the changing role of women in the workplace
    change little (=not very much): The school has changed little since it was built 30 years ago.
    change (something) from something to something: The town has changed from a small fishing port to a bustling tourist attraction.
    1. b.
      to become a different color
      change color: The leaves are already starting to change color.
      change from something to something: The signal changed from green to red.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing one thing and start doing something different
    Dave said he might change jobs.
    change (something) to something: I changed the order to once a year instead of monthly.
    Consumers are increasingly changing to low-fat milk.
  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to take off the clothes or a piece of clothing you are wearing and put on different ones
    Wait, I’ll go and change.
    I took a bath and changed my clothes.
    change into: You should change into some dry socks.
    change out of: He went upstairs to change out of his good suit.
    get changed: Do I have time to get changed before we go?
  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave one airplane, train, bus, etc. to get on another
    You’ll have to change in Chicago.
    We changed planes in Miami.
  5. 6
    [transitive] to exchange money from one country for money with the same value from another country
    change something for/into something: I need to change some dollars into pesos.
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