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verb change pronunciation in American 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 color
      change color:

      The leaves are already starting to change color.

      change from something to something:

      The signal changed from green to red.

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

    Dave said he might change jobs.

    change (something) to something:

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

    Consumers are increasingly changing to low-fat milk.

  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to take off the clothes or a piece of clothing you are wearing and put on different ones

    Wait, I'll go and change.

    I took a bath and changed my clothes.

    change into:

    You should change into some dry socks.

    change out of:

    He went upstairs to change out of his good suit.

    get changed:

    Do I have time to get changed before we go?

  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave one airplane, train, bus, etc. to get on another

    You'll have to change in Chicago.

    We changed planes in Miami.

  5. 6
    [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.

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