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CHANGE, verb transitive

1. To cause to turn or pass from one state to another; to alter, or make different; to vary in external form, or in essence; as, to change the color or shape of a thing; to change the countenance; to change the heart or life.

2. To put one thing in the place of another; to shift; as, to change the clothes

Be clean and change your garments. Genesis 35:2.

3. To quit one thing or state for another; followed by for; as, persons educated in a particular religion do not readily change it for another.

4. To give and take reciprocally; as, will you change conditions with me?

5. To barter; to exchange goods; as, to change a coach for a chariot.

6. To quit, as one place for another; as, to change lodgings.

7. To give one kind of money for another; to alter the form or kind of money, by receiving the value in a different kind, as to change bank notes for silver; or to give pieces of a larger denomination for an equivalent in pieces of smaller denomination, as to change an eagle for dollars, or a sovereign for sixpences, or to change a dollar into cents; or on the other hand, to change dollars for or into eagles, giving money of smaller denomination for larger.

8. To become acid or tainted; to turn from a natural state of sweetness and purity; as, the wine is changed; thunder and lightning are said to change milk.

To change a horse, or to change hand, is to turn or bear the horses head from one hand to the other, from the left to the right, or from the right to the left.

CHANGE, verb intransitive

1. To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better, often for the worse.

I am Jehovah; I change not. Malachi 3:6.

2. To pass the sun, as the moon in its orbit; as, the moon will change the 14th of this month.

CHANGE, noun

1. Any variation or alteration in form, state, quality, or essence; or a passing from one state or form to another; as a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles.

2. A succession of one thing in the place of another; vicissitude; as a change of seasons; a change of objects on a journey; a change of scenes.

3. A revolution; as a change of government.

4. A passing by the sun, and the beginning of a new monthly revolution; as a change of the moon.

5. A different state by removal; novelty; variety.

Our fathers did, for change to France repair.

6. Alteration in the order of ringing bells; variety of sounds.

Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing.

7. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another.

Thirty changes of raiment. Judges 14:12.

8. Small coins of money, which may be given for larger pieces.

9. The balance of money paid beyond the price of goods purchased.

I give the clerk a bank note for his cloth, and he gave me the change

10. The dissolution of the body; death.

All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Job 14:14.

11. change for exchange, a place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.

12. In arithmetic, permutation; variation of numbers. Thirteen numbers admit of 6, 227, 020, 800 changes, or different positions.