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switch

switch

 
 
pronunciation:
swIch
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shift; change.
It was a big switch in our lives when we moved from the city to the country.
synonyms:
shift
similar words:
swing
definition 2: a device that opens and closes an electrical circuit.
Someone turn on the light switch.
 
similar words:
terminal
definition 3: a device for shifting trains from one track to another.
The train went through the switch and changed directions to head south.
definition 4: a thin branch or rod used like a whip.
When my grandfather misbehaved as a child, his father would threaten him with a switch.
synonyms:
rod, stick
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: switched, switches, switching
definition 1: to change; shift.
Let's switch the discussion to another topic.
synonyms:
change, shift
similar words:
move, turn
definition 2: to exchange; trade.
They switched their old car for a new one.
synonyms:
exchange, swap, trade
similar words:
barter, change
definition 3: to turn on or off by operating a switch (usually followed by "off" or "on").
Could you switch the TV off and go to bed, please?
similar words:
cut
definition 4: to change or shift course.
The tone of the speech switched from being very cheerful to very sad.
similar words:
change, deviate, divert, reverse, shift
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