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noun change pronunciation in American English /tʃeɪndʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a situation in which something becomes different or you make something different

    A number of significant changes have taken place since the 1960s.

    change in:

    a change in the law

    change to:

    The report proposes some fundamental changes to the Social Security system.

    undergo a change:

    The computer industry has undergone enormous changes in the last 20 years.

    make a change:

    We made a few changes to the schedule for tomorrow’s meeting.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the process by which things become different

      Older people sometimes find it hard to accept change.

      a conference on climate change

  2. 2
    [countable] a situation in which one person or thing is replaced by another
    change of:

    There’s been a change of plans.

    a change of address

    change from:

    the change from military to civilian rule

  3. 3
    [singular] a new activity or experience that is different and enjoyable
    change from:

    Everyone needs a change from the same old routine.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the money that someone gives back to you when you give more money than it costs to buy something

    Here’s your change.

    keep the change:

    They told the cab driver to keep the change.

    1. a.
      coins instead of bills

      I’m sorry I don’t have any change.

      in change:

      He had about $5 in change.

    2. b.
      if you have change for a bill or coin of high value, you have bills or coins of lower value that you can exchange for it
      change for:

      Do you have change for a ten-dollar bill?

  5. 5
    [countable] a part of a trip when you leave one airplane, train, bus, etc. to get on another

    The trip takes five hours, with a change in Dallas.



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