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
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM change
Example sentences from the Web for change
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.
And more than that—the world is ending because of the changes that many of us see as positive.
Lastly, the re-opening of diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington gives Brazil a chance to push for changes in Cuba.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers|Catalina Lobo-Guererro|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is too early to tell if the changes he helped unleash will prove sustainable, or if they will broadly serve our citizenry.
There have been changes in our society on issues of sexual and gender justice.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of the changes to be observed, the most interesting concern the elevator and rear-rudder.The Aeroplane|Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
Once the changes have taken place, there is no hope of the patient ever recovering the normal use of his limbs.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Yes, your grandmother has said that she wished you were out, and so we'll go before she changes her mind.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series|August Strindberg
Who could sketch the changes, the constant shifting of the bloody panorama?The Battle of Gettysburg|Frank Aretas Haskell
In all these shifts and changes the douanier farce was carefully gone through.A Day's Tour|Percy Fitzgerald
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