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v. changed, chang·ing, chang·es
a. To cause to be different: change the spelling of a word.
b. To give a completely different form or appearance to; transform: changed the yard into a garden.
2. To give and receive reciprocally; interchange: change places.
3. To exchange for or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category: change one's name; a light that changes colors.
a. To lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; switch: change methods; change sides.
b. To transfer from (one conveyance) to another: change planes.
5. To give or receive the equivalent of (money) in lower denominations or in foreign currency.
6. To put a fresh covering on: change a bed; change the baby.
1. To become different or undergo alteration: He changed as he matured.
2. To undergo transformation or transition: The music changed to a slow waltz.
3. To go from one phase to another, as the moon or the seasons.
4. To make an exchange: If you prefer this seat, I'll change with you.
5. To transfer from one conveyance to another: She changed in Chicago on her way to the coast.
6. To put on other clothing: We changed for dinner.
7. To become deeper in tone: His voice began to change at age 13.
1. The act, process, or result of altering or modifying: a change in facial expression.
2. The replacing of one thing for another; substitution: a change of atmosphere; a change of ownership.
3. A transformation or transition from one state, condition, or phase to another: the change of seasons.
4. Something different; variety: ate early for a change.
5. A different or fresh set of clothing.
a. Money of smaller denomination given or received in exchange for money of higher denomination.
b. The balance of money returned when an amount given is more than what is due.
c. Coins: had change jingling in his pocket.
7. Music
a. A pattern or order in which bells are rung.
b. In jazz, a change of harmony; a modulation.
8. A market or exchange where business is transacted.
Phrasal Verb:
change off
1. To alternate with another person in performing a task.
2. To perform two tasks at once by alternating or a single task by alternate means.
change hands
To pass from one owner to another.
change (one's) mind
To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
change (one's) tune
To alter one's approach or attitude.

[Middle English changen, from Norman French chaunger, from Latin cambiāre, cambīre, to exchange, probably of Celtic origin.]
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Verb1.change hands - be transferred to another owner; "This restaurant changed hands twice last year"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
vest - become legally vested; "The property vests in the trustees"
devolve, return, fall, pass - be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
accrue, fall - come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"
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(tʃeindʒ) verb
1. to make or become different. They have changed the time of the train; He has changed since I saw him last.
2. to give or leave (one thing etc for another). She changed my library books for me.
3. (sometimes with into) to remove (clothes etc) and replace them by clean or different ones. I'm just going to change (my shirt); I'll change into an old pair of trousers.
4. (with into) to make into or become (something different). The prince was changed into a frog.
5. to give or receive (one kind of money for another). Could you change this bank-note for cash?
1. the process of becoming or making different. The town is undergoing change.
2. an instance of this. a change in the programme.
3. a substitution of one thing for another. a change of clothes.
4. coins rather than paper money. I'll have to give you a note – I have no change.
5. money left over or given back from the amount given in payment. He paid with a dollar and got 20 cents change.
6. a holiday, rest etc. He has been ill – the change will do him good.
ˈchangeable adjective
changing often; liable to change often. changeable moods.
change hands
to pass into different ownership. This car has changed hands three times.
a change of heart
a change in attitude.
the change of life
the menopause.
change one's mind
to alter one's intention or opinion (about something). He was going to go to France but he changed his mind.
for a change
to be different; for variety. We're tired of the car, so we'll walk for a change.
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References in classic literature ?
"It's one thing," he said, "to write under the dictation of a great merchant, conducting a vast correspondence by which thousands of pounds change hands in due course of post.
The banking and financial services sector saw as many as 87.95mn stocks valued at QR405.49mn change hands across 8,497 transactions and a total of 62.85mn real estate shares worth QR76.75mn trade across 3,288 deals.
COVENTRY saw 24 nonresidential properties change hands for over PS1million in 2018.
Retaining previous weekend level, the parity commenced the week unchanged and continued to change hands at Rs115.61 and Rs115.62 in all five trading sessions.