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.
SYNONYMS FOR change
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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
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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What is another way to say change?
To change something is to make its form, nature, or content different from what it is currently or from what it would be if left alone. How is change different from alter? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
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.
Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.
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.
Whatever happened overtook them both within a minute or so of that altitude change request, and they were never heard from again.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.
The Seven-score and four on the six middle Bells, the treble leading, and the tenor lying behind every change, makes good Musick.
Never was a change more remarkable than that which had come upon Mrs. Collingwood.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
When the whole hunt is hunting up, each single change is made between the whole hunt, and the next bell above it.
Almost, he saw her visibly change—here in the twilight of the little Luxor garden by his side.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
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