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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cheng(e, Cheing(e, v. Also: chengge, cheynge, cheange. [Variant of Change v.: cf. Cheng(e n. and Chynge v. The alteration in the vowel is difficult to account for.] tr. and intr. To change, alter; to exchange. a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 878.
For that hir name is chengit nov In ‘synful wemane’
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxix. 6 (B).
All weilfair, welth and wantones, Ar chengit in-to wretchitnes
    1509 Rec. Earld. Orkney 82.
The ix penneland of Saba is fre gyffin and cheyngytt ... to the said Jhone Irwyngis fader
c1520-c1535 Nisbet III. 327.
Rychtwisnes … alteris anne man, ande chenggis him in to anne new spirituall nature
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1053.
All plesour … Sall cheangit be in lestyng sorrow
Ib. 4702.
Ay quhen he lyst, to chenge his wyfe
1558 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 155.
Divers lawis … quhilkis efterwart wer alterit, cheangit, and ceissit
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxiii. 17.
Thoucht courttis ay hes bein chengeand as dois the mone
Ib. 10. a1578 Pitsc. I. 304.
Hou the auld officaris war cheingit
Ib. 372/2.
Scho … wald cheing him for na vther
1639 Ellon Presb. 154.
The present passage therof to be cheangit

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