General English

  • noun an occasion on which something is changed
  • noun money which you get back when you have given more than the correct price
  • verb to become different, or make something different
  • verb to put on different clothes
  • verb to use or have something in place of something else
  • verb to give one country’s money for another

General Science

  • verb to use one thing instead of another


  • noun money in coins or small notes.
  • noun money given back by the seller, when the buyer can pay only with a larger note or coin than the amount asked
  • noun an alteration of the way something is done or of the way work is carried out
  • verb to give one type of currency for another

Cars & Driving

  • verb to select and engage a gear
  • verb to take away and put something new or different in its place


  • In construction, a deviation in the design or scope of the work as defined in the plans and specifications that are the basis for the original contract.


  • noun
    Same as change-bowler
    Citation ‘They are generally moderate bowlers … who are often very valuable to their side as changes’ (Badminton 1888)
  • noun a type of delivery that is not a bowler’s standard or ‘stock’ ball, but is bowled occasionally to create an element of surprise
    Citation ‘Discovering that the wily Trinidadian could not turn his leg-break significantly on the hard Sydney wicket, Hassett … played him as an off-spinner with a straight ball as his change’ (Manley 1988)


  • noun the act of getting off one train, aircraft or bus and getting onto another one to complete your journey
  • verb to get off a train, aircraft or bus and get onto another one
  • verb to take off one set of clothes and put on another

Origin & History of “change”

Change goes back ultimately to Latin cambīre ‘barter’, which is probably of Celtic ancestry. A later form of the verb was cambiāre, whose most readily recognizable descendants are probably Italian cambio, which appears outside currency-exchange shops, and English cambium ‘layer of plant tissue’ (17th c.), coined from the notion that it ‘changes’ into new layers. Another branch of development, however, was to Old French changier, source of English change.