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verb switch pronunciation in American English /swɪtʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyswitch
he/she/itswitches
present participleswitching
past tenseswitched
past participleswitched
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to change from one thing to another, or to make something do this

    Then he switched sides and turned against his former allies.

    We switched lanes and accelerated toward the junction.

    switch to:

    He used to vote Republican, but he switched to Democrat in 1997.

    switch between:

    Once you have learned the basics of word processing, switching between different programs is quite easy.

    switch something (from something) to something:

    They announced that the tournament would be switched from March to December.

    Reporters are switching their attention to other members of the royal family.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of switch
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of switch
  2. 2
    [transitive] to replace one object with another

    He was accused of switching price labels.

    switch places (=trade places):

    Will you switch places with me?

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to do someone else's work in their place, usually in exchange for them doing your work on some other occasion
    switch with:

    Will you switch with me next week?

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