verb (used with object), changed, chang·ing.
verb (used without object), changed, chang·ing.
- to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
- to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.
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Idioms for change
- to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church.
- to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.
Origin of change
SYNONYMS FOR change
synonym study for change
historical usage of change
The French development from cambiāre to changier is regular; other Romance languages have developed in differing ways: Spanish and Portuguese cambiar keep cambiāre more or less intact; Catalan has canviar; Sardinian has cambiare; Old Provençal has both cambiar and camjar; Old Italian (late 12th century) has cambiare, but modern Italian only cangiare.
The Middle English verb was used to refer to the exchange of money, coins, or currency, but the corresponding noun meanings did not appear until the mid-16th century; the specific usage “the balance of money returned to a buyer” is first recorded in 1665.
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Words nearby change
Example sentences from the Web for change
One agency executive said that it would be surprising if advertisers return en masse in early August without commitments to address advertisers’ desired changes.
The government had estimated that the rule changes would cause about 70,000 women, and at most 126,000 women, to lose contraception coverage in one year.70,000 women expected to lose birth control coverage after Supreme Court ruling|Rachel Schallom|July 8, 2020|Fortune
His team’s mandate is to back companies tied to major long-term shifts in areas like climate change and health care.Perfect Day raises $300 million to make animal-free dairy|Beth Kowitt|July 8, 2020|Fortune
The picture and the pace at which it was changing were dizzying.Is it time for your business to hire a chief public health officer?|Erika Fry|July 8, 2020|Fortune
The focus was on low-cost ergonomic changes that reduced physical stress.
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When we meet them, their lives are unfulfilled, and at no point are we convinced their condition will change.
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.
I think what we want and what we need is to be part of the system, and change it for the betterment of our people.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Inter-marriage had been rendered possible by a change in the law, and social intermixture was going on.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
At sunset the western sky will change to crimson and the eastern cliffs will change to gold.A Trip to the Orient|Robert Urie Jacob
The alcalde was trying to change the course of the conversation.The Social Cancer|Jos Rizal
But even in that glimpse I saw the change which years had brought.Aladdin & Co.|Herbert Quick
I believe that they silently rate each other as we do men on 'Change—worth five hundred, worth eight hundred napkins.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
British Dictionary definitions for change
- military to redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction
- to alter one's attitude, opinion, etc
Derived forms of changechangeless, adjectivechangelessly, adverbchangelessness, nounchanger, noun
Word Origin for change
Idioms and Phrases with change
In addition to the idioms beginning with change
- change hands
- change horses in midstream, don't
- change off
- change of heart
- change of life
- change of pace
- change one's mind
- change one's stripes
- change one's tune
- change the subject
- for a change
- leopard cannot change its spots
- piece of change
- ring the changes