change - definition and synonyms


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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 team for tonight’s match.

     Synonyms and related words
    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 plan.

    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.

    make/be a change:

    We had a Chinese meal, which made a nice change.

  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 driver to keep the change.

    1. a.
      coins rather than notes

      I’m sorry I haven’t got any change.

      in change:

      He had about £5 in change.

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

      Have you got change for a five pound note?

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

    The journey takes five hours, with a change in Newcastle.