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American English: /tʃeɪndʒ/
British English: /tʃeɪn(d)ʒ/

Translation of change in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable and countable (alteration) a period of great change
    un período de grandes cambios
    there has been little change in the last 20 years
    ha habido pocos cambios en los últimos 20 años
    a change in public opinion/the law
    un cambio en la opinión pública/la ley
    a change in temperature
    un cambio de temperatura
    there's been a change in the weather
    ha cambiado el tiempo
    to make changes to something
    hacerle cambios a algo
    a change for the better
    un cambio positivo or para mejor
    a change for the worse
    un cambio para peor
    the change (of life) [euphemistic]
    la menopausia
    Example sentences
    • What major changes or modifications have you made to the engine for this new game?
    • These changes will result in alterations at executive level.
    • For a few people the changes have demanded significant alterations in their working lives.
    1.2 countable (replacement) a change of address/plan/government
    un cambio de dirección/plan/gobierno
    an oil/wheel change
    un cambio de aceite/rueda
    a change of air/scenery will do you good
    un cambio de aire(s) or de ambiente te sentará bien
    to have a change of heart
    cambiar de idea
    Example sentences
    • The change of venue was only notified on polling cards, which were issued last week.
    • I work all day, so cannot pick up the email to notify me of the change of venue.
    • People are asked to please take note of the temporary change of venue for the meeting.
    1.3 (of clothes) bring at least one change of clothes/underwear
    tráete al menos una muda (de ropa)/de ropa interior
    Example sentences
    • There was a carrier bag to his side which held a change of underwear and a shirt and a pair of jeans.
    • After they had bathed and put on a change of clean clothes, there was a knock at the door.
    • Then it occurs to me that I might need a change of underwear after this flight.
    1.4 countable (something different from usual) at least it's or it makes a change from chicken
    por lo menos no es pollo
    going abroad would be or make a nice change
    no estaría mal ir al extranjero para variar
    for a change I'll have coffee for a change
    para variar tomaré café
    he was late, for a change [ironic]
    llegó tarde para variar [ironic]
    to ring the changes
    introducir variaciones
    the chef likes to ring the changes on the menu every week
    al chef le gusta variar or cambiar el menú todas las semanas
    a change is as good as a rest
    con un cambio de actividad se renuevan las energías
    Example sentences
    • What a refreshing change it is to experience a service person that does not detest his or her job.
    • It makes an interesting change for this House to be focusing its attention on standards.
    • It's just a bad idea for the neck hair to be black, and it was an interesting change, I liked my wig.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (coins)
    cambio (masculine)
    monedas (feminine plural)
    sencillo (masculine) (Latin America)
    feria (feminine) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    one dollar in change
    un dólar en monedas
    can you give me some change for the machine?
    ¿me das cambio or monedas para la máquina?
    I don't have any loose change
    no tengo dinero suelto
    I can give change for or of $5
    te puedo cambiar 5 dólares
    Example sentences
    • ‘I asked her why she had not consulted me and she remarked that she had been going through the change,’ said the doctor.
    • In marketing products for postmenopausal women, he had interviews set up with doctors as well as women themselves about the change of life.
    • Stress management in the form of daily deep breathing, yoga or prayer can also work wonders as our bodies gear up for the change of life.
    Example sentences
    • I had more than enough loose change in my coin purse to pay for it so it's not like I was spending real money.
    • All pennies and loose change can be given to pupils at the school or donated at the school itself.
    • And he dug deep into his pocket, rummaged about a bit and then took out a few notes and a handful of loose change.
    2.2 (money returned) sixty pence change
    sesenta peniques de cambio ( or vuelto etc. )
    keep the change you can eat well and still have/get change from $10
    se puede comer bien por menos de 10 dólares
    you won't get much change from or out of $1,000
    no te costará mucho menos de 1.000 dólares
    not to get much change out of somebody [colloquial]we didn't get much change out of her
    no pudimos sacarle mucho [colloquial]

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    you can't change the way you are
    uno no cambia
    no se puede cambiar la manera de ser
    the sorcerer changed her into a stone
    el mago la convirtió en una piedra
    Example sentences
    • Pretty much everything has to change shape.
    • For instance, a banana may change colour from being green to being yellow.
    • After centuries of wondering, men can finally work out if their partner really is 'fine' or not thanks to a new dress that changes colour depending on a woman's mood.
    Example sentences
    • She quickly changed her tee shirt for a bulky sweatshirt.
    • I changed the cement for polyester cement in several places.
    to change one's address/job/doctor
    cambiar de dirección/trabajo/médico
    to change position/direction/color
    cambiar de posición/dirección/color
    I've changed jobs
    he cambiado de trabajo
    let's change the subject
    cambiemos de tema
    she changed her name from Bronowski to Brown
    se cambió el apellido de Bronowski a Brown
    the time/date of the concert has been changed
    han cambiado la hora/fecha del concierto
    to change gear
    cambiar de marcha
    hacer el cambio
    1.3 (exchange)
    cambiar(se) de
    I wouldn't want to change places with her
    no quisiera estar or verme en su lugar
    if he doesn't like it can I change it?
    si no le gusta ¿puedo cambiarlo?
    he changed it for a red one
    lo cambió por uno rojo
  • 2 (money) 2.1 (into smaller denominations) can anyone change $20?
    ¿alguien me puede cambiar 20 dólares?
    Example sentences
    • Not knowing what else to do, she went to buy a ticket to Paris, but realised she had to change all of her money.
    • Foreign currency can be changed at banks and cambios, and at many hotels.
    • If you try to change dollars for pesos, people look at you like you're crazy.
    2.2 (into foreign currency)to change something (into something)
    cambiar algo (a algo)
    cambiar algo (en algo) (Spain)
    to change dollars into pesos
    cambiar dólares a pesos
    cambiar dólares en pesos (Spain)
  • 3
    to change one's clothes/shoes
    cambiarse de ropa/de zapatos
    Example sentences
    • I went into the washroom to clean up, and a lady was there changing her baby.
    • A disposable nappy is a fast solution when you need to change your child in the back of the car.
    • The baby must be changed more frequently with cloth so she stays cleaner and drier.
  • 4 (Transport)you have to change train(s) at Nice
    tienes que hacer transbordo or cambiar (de trenes) en Niza
    Example sentences
    • There are dozens of different lines, with passengers changing from one train to another at many stations along the way who do not want to wait too long for their connections.
    • But, how about changing to another Waterloo train at Clapham Junction and getting off at Vauxhall?
    • Travellers changing from train to bus at Southend Victoria rail station could soon have a better idea of when their bus will arrive.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (become different) I can't believe how much she's changed
    me parece increíble lo mucho que ha cambiado
    she's a changed person since she met him
    desde que lo conoció es otra
    to change in shape/size
    cambiar de forma/tamaño
    customs have changed
    las costumbres han cambiado
    to change into something
    convertirse or transformarse en algo
    1.2 (from one thing to another) the traffic lights changed
    cambió el semáforo
    cambiaron las luces (del semáforo)
    the cast changes every three months
    el reparto cambia cada tres meses
    her smile changed to a frown
    dejó de sonreír y frunció el ceño
    the scene changes to wartime Rome
    la escena pasa or se traslada a Roma durante la guerra
    I've changed to a new dentist
    he cambiado de dentista
    Example sentences
    • I would have loved it if my husband had changed his name to mine, but he was not any more interested in doing that than I was in changing mine to his, so here we are.
    • When Katie went missing, we decided to keep Socks, and changed his name to Jamie.
    • Mr Kohn converted to Catholicism when he changed his name to Kerry in 1902.
    also: changing present participle
  • 2 2.1 (put on different clothes)
    I'm going upstairs to change
    voy arriba a cambiarme
    she changed into a black dress
    se cambió y se puso un vestido negro
    I'm going to change into something more comfortable
    me voy a poner algo más cómodo
    change out of those wet clothes
    quítate esa ropa mojada
    to get changed
    Example sentences
    • He changed into his riding clothes and went downstairs to the stables to go for a nice long ride through the country.
    • She also suggests changing into a fresh pair of socks when yours become sweaty.
    • She took a quick shower, drying herself off and changing into a fresh new outfit.
    2.2 (Transport) all change! (British)
    ¡fin de trayecto!
    we have to change at Victoria
    tenemos que cambiar or hacer transbordo en Victoria

Phrasal verbs

change around

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (rearrange)
cambiar de sitio
cambiar de lugar
2verb + adverb

change down

verb + adverb (British)
(Motor Vehicles)
cambiar (a una velocidad inferior)

change over

verb + adverb
1 (change function, system) to change over to something
cambiar a algo
adoptar algo
2 (change channel) (British) (Television)
cambiar de canal

change round

(esp British)
change around

change up

verb + adverb (British)
(Motor Vehicles)
cambiar (a una velocidad superior)
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