switch [swɪt∫]
1. noun
   a. (electrical) interrupteur m
   b. ( = change) changement m ; (radical) revirement m, retournement m ; [of funds] transfert m (from de) (to en faveur de)
• his switch to Labour son revirement en faveur des travaillistes
• the switch to gas saved money le passage au gaz a permis de faire des économies
   c. ( = whip) fouet m
2. transitive verb
   a. ( = transfer) [+ one's support, allegiance, attention] reporter (from de) (to sur)
• to switch production to another factory transférer la production dans une autre usine
• to switch the conversation to another subject changer de sujet de conversation
   b. ( = exchange) échanger ; also switch round [+ two objects, letters in word] intervertir ; ( = rearrange also switch round [+ books, objects] changer de place
• we had to switch taxis when the first one broke down nous avons dû changer de taxi quand le premier est tombé en panne
• we have switched all the furniture round nous avons changé tous les meubles de place
   c. ( = change) to switch the oven to "low" mettre le four sur « doux »
• to switch the TV to another programme changer de chaîne
3. intransitive verb
( = transfer) Paul switched to Conservative Paul a voté conservateur cette fois
• they switched to a market economy ils sont passés à une économie de marché
• we switched to oil central heating nous somme passés au chauffage central au mazout
► switch off
1. intransitive verb
   a. éteindre ; ( = lose interest) décrocher (inf)
   b. to switch off automatically [heater, oven] s'éteindre automatiquement
2. separable transitive verb
éteindre ; [+ alarm clock, burglar alarm] arrêter
• he switched the programme off il a éteint la télévision (or la radio)
• to switch off the engine arrêter le moteur
• the oven switches itself off le four s'éteint automatiquement
► switch on
1. intransitive verb
   a. allumer
   b. to switch on automatically [heater, oven] s'allumer automatiquement
2. separable transitive verb
allumer ; [+ engine, machine] mettre en marche
• to switch on the light allumer la lumière
• to be switched on (inf!) ( = up-to-date) être branché (inf)
► switch over intransitive verb
(TV) changer de chaîne
* * *
[swɪtʃ] 1.
1) (change) changement m (in de)

the switch (away) from gas to electricity — le passage du gaz à l'électricité

a switch to the Conservatives — un glissement en faveur des conservateurs

2) (for light) interrupteur m; (on radio, appliance) bouton m

on/off switch — interrupteur m marche-arrêt

the switch is on/off — c'est allumé/éteint

3) (whip) badine f
transitive verb
1) (change) reporter [support, attention] (to sur)

to switch brands/flights — changer de marque/vol

she switched from the violin to the viola — elle est passée du violon à l'alto

could you switch the TV over? — est-ce que tu pourrais changer de chaîne?

2) (also switch round) (change position of) intervertir

I've switched the furniture round — j'ai changé la disposition des meubles

intransitive verb
1) (change) lit, fig changer

to switch between two languages — alterner entre deux langues

we have switched (over) from oil to gas — nous sommes passés du mazout au gaz

in the end she switched back to teaching — finalement elle est revenue à l'enseignement

2) (also switch over ou round) [people] (change positions) changer; (change scheduling) permuter
Phrasal Verbs:

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