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.
- change down,
- change hands,
- change horses in midstream, don't,
- change key,
- change of heart
- 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
Examples from the Web for changes
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
- 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
Word Origin for change
c.1200, "act or fact of changing," from Anglo-French chaunge, Old French change "exchange, recompense, reciprocation," from changier (see change (v.)).
Meaning "a different situation" is from 1680s. Meaning "something substituted for something else" is from 1590s. The financial sense of "balance returned when something is paid for" is first recorded 1620s; hence to make change (1865). Bell-ringing sense is from 1610s. Related: changes. Figurative phrase change of heart is from 1828.
early 13c., "to substitute one for another; to make (something) other than what it was" (transitive); from late 13c. as "to become different" (intransitive), from Old French changier "to change, alter; exchange, switch," from Late Latin cambiare "to barter, exchange," from Latin cambire "to exchange, barter," of Celtic origin, from PIE root *kemb- "to bend, crook" (with a sense evolution perhaps from "to turn" to "to change," to "to barter"); cf. Old Irish camm "crooked, curved;" Middle Irish cimb "tribute," cimbid "prisoner;" see cant (n.2). Meaning "to take off clothes and put on other ones" is from late 15c. Related: Changed; changing. To change (one's) mind is from 1610s.
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