French translation of 'switch'
1. (for light, radio, appliance) bouton m
2. (= change) changement m ⧫ revirement m
1. (= change) [jobs, tactics] changer de
In the second half, Chelsea suddenly switched tactics. En seconde période Chelsea changea soudain de tactique.
2. (= exchange) [partners, seats] changer de
We switched partners. Nous avons changé de partenaire.
3. (= exchange position) (also: switch round) [objects, letters, numbers] intervertir ⧫ changer de place
Switch those two words round and it’ll sound much better. Intervertissez ces deux mots et cela sonnera beaucoup mieux.
4. (= transfer) [support, attention] orienter
She switched her attention to films. Elle orienta son attention vers les films.
to switch to sth passer à qch
Estonia is switching to a market economy. L’Estonie passe à une économie de marché.
to switch from sth to sth passer de qch à qch
They want to encourage companies to switch from coal to cleaner fuels. Ils veulent encourager les entreprises à passer du charbon à des combustibles plus propres.
Phrasal verbsswitch off, switch on
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Example Sentences Including 'switch'
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Switch accounts and use cash Isas.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
You have a right to switch back within a year.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
You will not need to switch or change the card.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
And six out of ten use smartphones before switching out the lights, which can lead to poor quality sleep.The Sun (2015)
At trick four West switches to a passive club and you win in hand.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Something in their unconscious has flicked a switch to turn on symptoms that mimic serious illnesses.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The door switches are better protected and so less likely to be at fault.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
When the front line switched to acoustic instruments the music finally began to breathe.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
There have been more switches of direction than in a slalom race.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
We switched off for one minute but we can stay up.The Sun (2012)
We were in control but switched off and it gave them the lift they needed.The Sun (2014)
You switch the light off at night and you have ten hours on your own.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
You reach for the bedside switch to turn off the lights.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Attention is now switching to its possible role in treatment.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Now light switches and door handles could be replaced with the metal and alloys such as brass.The Sun (2015)
The best route to cheaper energy is to switch supplier using the websites which make it simple.The Sun (2015)
The switch from coal to gas has led to less carbon dioxide being given off.The Sun (2009)
Wives could divorce husbands for switching their device off.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Everyone knew the basis for the switch; given the intensity of the battle, it was likely to be decided by one kick.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
The door is locked and the lights are switched out.Christianity Today (2000)
Opening a switch stops the flow of electricity.Advanced Educational Psychology For Educators, Researchers and Policymakers, (1995)
Trends of 'switch'
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'switch' in Other Languages
British English: switch /swɪtʃ/ NOUN
A switch is a small control for an electrical device which you use to turn the device on or off.
...a light switch.
- American English: switch
- Arabic: مِفْتَاحٌ كَهْرَبائِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: interruptor
- Chinese: 开关
- Croatian: prekidač
- Czech: vypínač
- Danish: kontakt elkontakt
- Dutch: schakelaar
- European Spanish: interruptor
- Finnish: katkaisija
- French: bouton appareil
- German: Schalter
- Greek: διακόπτης
- Italian: interruttore
- Japanese: スイッチ
- Korean: 스위치
- Norwegian: bryter elektrisk
- Polish: przełącznik
- European Portuguese: interruptor
- Romanian: întrerupător
- Russian: выключатель
- Spanish: interruptor
- Swedish: strömbrytare
- Thai: สวิตช์ปิด/เปิดไฟ
- Turkish: elektrik düğmesi
- Ukrainian: вимикач
- Vietnamese: công tắc
British English: switch /swɪtʃ/ VERB
If you switch to something different, for example to a different system, task, or subject of conversation, you change to it from what you were doing or saying before.
Companies are switching to cleaner fuels.
- American English: switch
- Arabic: يَتَـحَوَّلُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: trocar
- Chinese: 转变
- Croatian: naglo promijeniti
- Czech: přejít změnit téma, systém apod.
- Danish: skifte
- Dutch: overstappen
- European Spanish: cambiar intercambiar
- Finnish: vaihtaa
- French: changer
- German: wechseln
- Greek: εκτρέπω
- Italian: cambiare
- Japanese: 変える
- Korean: 바꾸다
- Norwegian: skifte
- Polish: przełączyć
- European Portuguese: trocar
- Romanian: a schimba
- Russian: переключать
- Spanish: cambiar
- Swedish: byta
- Thai: เปลี่ยน
- Turkish: geçmek
- Ukrainian: змінювати
- Vietnamese: chuyển
Translation of switch from the Collins English to French Dictionary