—changedness /chayn"jid nis, chaynjd"-/, n./chaynj/, v., changed, changing, n.v.t.1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history.2. to transform or convert (usually fol. by into): The witch changed the prince into a toad.3. to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.4. to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.6. to give or get smaller money in exchange for: to change a five-dollar bill.7. to give or get foreign money in exchange for: to change dollars into francs.8. to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed; to change a baby.v.i.9. to become different: Overnight the nation's mood changed.10. to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.11. to become transformed or converted (usually fol. by into): The toad changed into a prince again.12. to pass gradually into (usually fol. by to or into): Summer changed to autumn.13. to make a change or an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I'll change with you.14. to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.15. to change one's clothes: She changed into jeans.16. (of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.17. (of the voice) to become deeper in tone; come to have a lower register: The boy's voice began to change when he was thirteen.18. change front, Mil. to shift a military force in another direction.20. change off,a. to take turns with another, as at doing a task.b. to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.21. change one's mind, to change one's opinions or intentions.n.22. the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed.23. a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression.24. a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine.25. the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.26. variety or novelty: Let's try a new restaurant for a change.27. the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change.28. Jazz. harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation.29. the supplanting of one thing by another.30. anything that is or may be substituted for another.31. a fresh set of clothing.32. money given in exchange for an equivalent of higher denomination.33. a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.34. coins of low denomination.35. any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.37. Obs. changefulness; caprice.38. ring the changes,a. to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church.b. to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.[1175-1225; (v.) ME cha(u)ngen < AF, OF changer < LL cambiare, L cambire to exchange; (n.) ME cha(u)nge < AF, OF, n. deriv. of the v.]Syn. 1. transmute, transform; vary, mutate; amend, modify. CHANGE, ALTER both mean to make a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. To CHANGE is to make a material difference so that the thing is distinctly different from what it was: to change one's opinion. To ALTER is to make some partial change, as in appearance, but usually to preserve the identity: to alter a dress (to change a dress would mean to put on a different one). 3. replace, trade. 4. trade. 7. convert. 10. vary, mutate, amend. 22. transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude. 25. exchange. 29, 30. replacement.Ant. 10. remain. 22. permanence.
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