n 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"
2: a relational difference between states; especially between
states before and after some event: "he attributed the
change to their marriage"
3: the action of changing something; "the change of government
had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion
cost him the election"
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"
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"
6: a thing that is different; "he inspected several changes
before selecting one"
7: a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change
in her overnight bag"
8: coins of small denomination regarded collectively; "he had a
pocketful of change"
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"
10: a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France
for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman
mechanic" [syn: variety
v 1: 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" [ant: stay
2: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;
"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth
pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my
thinking about the issue" [syn: alter
3: make or 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"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables
varies according to the season" [syn: alter
4: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a
different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists";
"The car changed lanes" [syn: switch
5: change clothes; put on different clothes; "Change before you
go to the opera"
6: exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind
or category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"
"He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches";
"convert holdings into shares" [syn: exchange
7: give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change
places with me?" "We have been exchanging letters for a
year" [syn: exchange
8: change from one vehicle or transportation line to another;
"She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
9: become deeper in tone; "His voice began to change when he
was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered
the password" [syn: deepen
10: remove or replace the coverings of; "Father had to learn how
to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed