(noun, verb)


1. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

- the change was intended to increase sales

- this storm is certainly a change for the worse

Similar word(s): alteration, modification

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

2. a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event

- he attributed the change to their marriage

Definition categories: link, relation

3. the action of changing something

- the change of government had no impact on the economy

- his change on abortion cost him the election

Definition categories: act, action

4. the result of alteration or modification

- there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs

- there had been no change in the mountains

Definition categories: phenomenon, consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

5. the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due

- I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change

Definition categories: possession, cash

6. a thing that is different

- he inspected several changes before selecting one

Definition categories: man–made, thing

7. a different or fresh set of clothes

- she brought a change in her overnight bag

Definition categories: man–made, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

8. coins of small denomination regarded collectively

- he had a pocketful of change

Definition categories: possession, coin

9. money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency

- he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver

Definition categories: possession, cash

10. a difference that is usually pleasant

- it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic

Similar word(s): variety

Definition categories: attribute, difference

Sentences with change as a noun:

- The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.

- Can I get change for this $100 bill please?

- A customer who pays with a 10-pound note for a £9 item receives one pound in change.

- The train journey from Bristol to Nottingham includes a change at Birmingham.


1. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

- The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Similar word(s): alter, modify

Definition categories: change

2. undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

- She changed completely as she grew older

- The weather changed last night

Definition categories: change

3. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

- her mood changes in accordance with the weather

Similar word(s): alter, vary

Definition categories: change

4. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

- The car changed lanes

Similar word(s): shift, switch

Definition categories: change

5. change clothes; put on different clothes

- Change before you go to the opera

Definition categories: change, dress

6. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

- He changed his name

Similar word(s): commute, convert, exchange

Definition categories: change, replace

7. give to, and receive from, one another

- Would you change places with me?

Similar word(s): exchange, interchange

Definition categories: possession, transfer

8. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

- She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast

Similar word(s): transfer

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

9. become deeper in tone

- His voice began to change when he was 12 years old

Similar word(s): deepen

Definition categories: change

10. remove or replace the coverings of

- Father had to learn how to change the baby

- After each guest we changed the bed linens

Definition categories: change, replace

Sentences with change as a verb:

- The tadpole changed into a frog.

- The fairy changed the frog into a prince.

- Ask the janitor to come and change the lightbulb.

- to change a horse