switch
1. [ verb ] change over, change around, or switch over
Synonyms: exchange switch_over
Related terms: change_by_reversal commutation
2. [ noun ] (electricity) control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
Synonyms: electrical_switch electric_switch
Related terms: control push_button commutator toggle_switch cutout ignition_switch time-switch three-point_switch selector throw
3. [ verb ] exchange or give (something) in exchange for
Synonyms: trade swap swop
Related terms: exchange barter substitution
4. [ verb ] lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Synonyms: change shift
Examples:

"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

Related terms: leap break surf break diphthongize shift cut change change
5. [ verb ] make a shift in or exchange of
Synonyms: shift turn_around change_over
Examples:

"First Joe led then we switched"

Related terms: change back veer shift
6. [ noun ] an event in which one thing is substituted for another
Synonyms: replacement substitution transposition permutation
Examples:

"the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"

Related terms: variation replace substitute substitute trade
7. [ verb ] reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
Synonyms: alternate flip flip-flop tack interchange
Related terms: change_by_reversal reversal tack
8. [ noun ] (transportation) railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
Related terms: railroad_track
9. [ noun ] (sport,basketball) a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other
Related terms: basketball_play
10. [ verb ] cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation
Synonyms: throw flip
Examples:

"switch on the light" "throw the lever"

Related terms: engage switch_on switch_off
11. [ noun ] (zoology,clothing) hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure
Related terms: hairpiece
12. [ adjective ] (baseball) able to bat either right-handed or left-handed
Examples:

"a switch hitter"

Related terms: ambidextrous
13. [ noun ] a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment
Related terms: instrument_of_punishment cane ferule rattan birch
14. [ verb ] flog with or as if with a flexible rod
Related terms: flog
15. [ noun ] the act of changing one thing or position for another
Synonyms: shift switching
Examples:

"his switch on abortion cost him the election"

Related terms: change switcheroo shift interchange
Similar spelling:   swatch