changer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

change +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

changer (plural changers)

  1. Someone or something who changes things.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used together with another noun, eg, automatic tool changer, shape changer, mind changer

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French changier, from Late Latin cambiāre, from Latin cambīre, present active infinitive of cambio. Cognates include Spanish, Occitan cambiar and Italian cambiare.

Verb[edit]

changer

  1. (transitive) to exchange (something)
  2. (transitive) to change (money, a job, one's circumstances etc.)
  3. (transitive) to change, alter (something en into)
  4. (intransitive) to change
  5. (pronominal) to change (one's clothes), get changed

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written change- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

changer

  1. Alternative form of changier.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is part of an group of -er verbs, for which ‘g’ is softened to a ‘j’ before the vowels ‘a’ and ‘o’ to keep the /dʒ/ sound in tact. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.