- to take turns with another, as at doing a task.
- to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.
OTHER WORDS FOR change
Idioms about 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM change
How to use change in a sentence
The pernicious smoke now blanketing the splendid cities of our nation's Western spine is a reminder that no one is exempt from climate change.Air quality in American West among the worst in the world|Jennifer A. Kingson|September 17, 2020|Axios
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated this was a coronavirus-related change.
Most Americans agree with the argument that problems such as climate change and pandemics are so large and complex that only through cooperative efforts can they be dealt with adequately.Poll: Sharp partisan differences now exist on foreign policy, views of American exceptionalism|Dan Balz, Scott Clement|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Gostin said he doesn’t think the rising and falling nature of virus transmission changes that.Courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on|Anne Gearan, Karin Brulliard|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
The changes in Wisconsin are more modest but still important.The key shifts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that have improved Biden’s chances of victory|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Unless there is a court decision that changes our law, we are OK.
Should capability delivery experience additional changes, this estimate will be revised appropriately.
And more than that—the world is ending because of the changes that many of us see as positive.
Suddenly, without warning, the whole feeling of the scene changes.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The question is will we see regime changes in both Hamas and Israel that embrace a lasting peace?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I take the Extream Bells, and set down the six Changes on them thus.
All changes are to be Rang either by walking them (as the term is) or else Whole-pulls, or Half-pulls.
On four bells there are four times as many changes as on three; that is—four times six changes, which makes Twenty-four.
On three bells are three times as many changes as there are on two; that is—three times two changes, which makes six.
I have drawn a Line between the figures at the extream changes, that next below the Line is the extream.
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
Other 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