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verb change pronunciation in British English /tʃeɪndʒ/ 
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he/she/itchanges
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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 colour
      change from something to something:

      The signal changed from green to red.

      change colour:

      The leaves are already starting to change colour.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop doing one thing and start doing something different

    Dave said he might be changing jobs.

    change (something) to something:

    I changed the order to once a year instead of quarterly.

    Consumers are increasingly changing to low-fat milk.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to replace something with a new or different thing

    I'm sick of these curtains – let's change them.

    Can you help me change a tyre?

    1. c.
      British if you change something you have bought, you take it back to the shop and get a different one

      I'm going to take that shirt back and change it: I don't like the colour.

      change something for something:

      Why don't you change it for something else?

  4. 4
    [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.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to take off the clothes or a piece of clothing you are wearing and put on different ones

    Hang on, I'll just go and change.

    I had a bath and changed my clothes.

    change into:

    You should change into some dry socks.

    change out of:

    He went straight upstairs to change out of his good suit.

    get changed:

    Have I got time to get changed before we go?

  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave one plane, train, bus etc to get on another

    You'll have to change at Manchester.

    We changed planes in Paris.

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