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 cambiō (exchange, barter), from Gaulish cambion, *kambyom (change), from Proto-Celtic *kambos (twisted, crooked), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱambos, *(s)kambos (crooked). Cognate with Italian cambiare, Occitan cambiar, Portuguese cambiar, Romanian schimb, Spanish cambiar and Walloon candjî.

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]

Verb[edit]

changer

  1. Alternative form of changier.

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. In the present tense an extra supporting e is needed in the first-person singular indicative and throughout the singular subjunctive, and the third-person singular subjunctive ending -t is lost. In addition, g becomes j before an a or an o to keep the /dʒ/ sound intact. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.