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verb switch pronunciation in British English /swɪtʃ/
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present tense
present participleswitching
past tenseswitched
past participleswitched
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  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 towards the junction.

    switch to:

    He used to vote Conservative, but he switched to Labour 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.

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

  2. 2
    [transitive] to replace one object with another
  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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