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switch

 
 
pronunciation:
swIch
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shift; change.
Living in an apartment was quite a switch for us from living in a large house.
synonyms:
change, shift
similar words:
swing
definition 2: a device used to create or break an electrical circuit or to redirect an electrical current.
The electrician installed the new light switch.
 
similar words:
terminal
definition 3: a device at a railroad junction for diverting trains from one track to another.
The train went through the switch and changed directions to head southwest.
synonyms:
shunt
definition 4: a thin branch or rod, esp. one used for whipping.
The schoolmaster threatened the boy with a switch.
synonyms:
rod, stick
similar words:
scourge
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: switched, switches, switching
definition 1: to change; shift.
Let's switch the discussion to another topic.
synonyms:
change, shift
similar words:
move, swing, turn
definition 2: to exchange; trade.
They switched their old car for a new one.
synonyms:
exchange, swap, trade
similar words:
barter, change, shift
definition 3: to turn on or off (an electrical appliance) by operating a switch (usu. fol. by off or on).
Could you switch off the radio, please?
similar words:
cut
definition 4: to whip with a switch or similar object.
The runaway was switched harshly.
synonyms:
lash, whip
similar words:
beat, birch, cane, scourge, strap, tan, thrash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to change or shift course.
Her tone switched from lighthearted to very serious.
similar words:
about-face, change, deviate, divert, flip-flop, reverse, sheer, shift
definition 2: to exchange one thing for another; trade.
If you can't see from your spot, I'll be happy to switch with you.
synonyms:
exchange, swap, trade
similar words:
tack
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