Quick answer
"Change" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "cambiar", and "exchange" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "intercambiar". Learn more about the difference between "change" and "exchange" below.
change(
cheynj
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to alter)
a. cambiar
The presenter changed outfits three times during the ceremony.El presentador cambió de traje tres veces durante la ceremonia.
They might change their mind about going to the party nearer the time.Puede que cambien de idea de si ir o no a la fiesta cuando se acerque la fecha.
2. (to exchange)
a. cambiar
I changed dollars into pesos as soon as I arrived in Mexico City.Cambié dólares a pesos en cuanto llegué al Distrito Federal.
I want to change these pants for that sweater.Quiero cambiar estos pantalones por ese suéter.
3. (to put a fresh diaper on)
a. cambiar
I just changed the baby and he's already dirtied another diaper.Acabo de cambiar al bebé y ya ha ensuciado otro pañal.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to become different)
a. cambiar
I want to go to the reunion to see how everyone has changed.Quiero ir a la reunión para ver cómo han cambiado todos.
When the leaves start to change, it makes me want to break out my sweaters.Cuando las hojas empiezan a cambiar, me dan ganas de sacar mis suéteres.
5. (to put on new clothes)
a. cambiarse
She changed after going to the gym.Ella se cambió después de ir al gimnasio.
6. (to exchange modes of transport)
a. cambiar
To go downtown, you have to change at the next stop.Para ir al centro, tienes que cambiar en la siguiente parada.
b. hacer transbordo
You can change to a brown-line train at Fullerton.Puedes hacer transbordo a un tren de la línea marrón en Fullerton.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (new and different situation)
a. el cambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After ten years in New York, I just felt a change was necessary.Después de diez años en Nueva York, simplemente pensaba que un cambio era necesario.
8. (alteration)
a. el cambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There has been a change in our plans.Ha habido un cambio en nuestros planes.
b. la variación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There has been no change in the patient's condition.No ha habido variación alguna en el estado del paciente.
9. (small coins)
a. el cambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I hate carrying around change in my pockets.Odio llevar cambio en los bolsillos.
b. el suelto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need some change for the vending machine.Necesito suelto para la máquina expendedora.
c. el sencillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Have you got any change to buy the newspaper?¿Tienes algo de sencillo para comprar el periódico?
d. el feria
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I gave my change to the homeless man.Le di mi feria al hombre sin hogar.
e. el menudo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Costa Rica
(Costa Rica)
I need some change to pay for parking.Necesito menudo para pagar el estacionamiento.
10. (money returned)
a. el cambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Keep the change!¡Quédese con el cambio!
b. la vuelta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Your change is four dollars.Su vuelta es de cuatro dólares.
c. el vuelto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The waiter hasn't returned with our change.El mesero no ha regresado con nuestro vuelto.
11. (another set of clothes)
a. la muda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Don't forget to pack a change of clothes when you go to the swimming pool.No te olvides de llevar una muda de ropa cuando vayas a la piscina.
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exchange(
ehk
-
scheynj
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to interchange)
a. intercambiar
Are we going to exchange presents at work this year?¿Vamos a intercambiar regalos en el trabajo este año?
This year we're going to take a trip to the beach instead of exchanging presents.Este año vamos a irnos de vacaciones a la playa en vez de intercambiar regalos.
b. cambiar
Is there anybody looking to exchange trading cards?¿Alguien quiere cambiar cartas coleccionables?
c. canjear
The police finally agreed to exchange the hostages for the money.Al final, la policía accedió a canjear rehenes por el dinero.
2. (to trade in)
a. reemplazar
We can exchange the pants for store credit if you'd like.Podemos reemplazar los pantalones con crédito de la tienda si usted desea.
b. cambiar
Excuse me but my fork is dirty. Can you exchange it for another?Disculpe pero mi tenedor está sucio. ¿Me lo puede cambiar por otro?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (trade)
a. el intercambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
University is the perfect place for the exchange of ideas.La universidad es el lugar perfecto para el intercambio de ideas.
b. el canje
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The aim of the kidnappers was to negotiate an exchange between hostages and prisoners.El objetivo de los secuestradores era negociar un canje entre rehenes y prisioneros.
4. (currency)
a. el cambio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The exchange rate today was 1.08 dollars to the euro.La tasa de cambio de hoy era de 1.08 dólares por euro.
5. (dialogue)
a. el intercambio de palabras
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After a brief exchange with the bouncer, we entered the club without having to pay the cover.Después de tener un intercambio de palabras con el portero, entramos al club sin tener que pagar la entrada.
6. (economics)
a. la bolsa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
When the exchange opened, stocks had fallen by 15 points.Cuando abrió la bolsa, las acciones habían caído 15 puntos.
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