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Definition of Change


  1. To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance.
  2. To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention.
  3. To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another.
  4. Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill.
  5. To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better.
  6. To pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night.
  7. Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.
  8. A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons.
  9. A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.
  10. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
  11. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.
  12. Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.
  13. A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
  14. A public house; an alehouse.
  15. Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale.

Change Quotations

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama
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Change Translations

change in Afrikaans is verander, kleingeld
change in Dutch is veranderen, anders maken
change in Finnish is muuttaa
change in Italian is convertire, alternare, alterare, variazione
change in Latin is mutatio, novo, abeo, vicissitudo
change in Norwegian is forandre, veksle

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