a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better.
any major transformation or alteration.
a transformation brought about by the sea.
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How to use sea change in a sentence
Amazon also triggered a sea change in physical retail, accelerating the shuttering of shopping malls and stores.Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO, transitioning to executive chair role | Jay Greene, Tony Romm | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
One marker of a sea change is the emergence of a new vocabulary.As Americans Crave Stability After Capitol Attack, CEOs Step Into the Leadership Void | Eben Shapiro | January 17, 2021 | Time
“You’ve seen a sea change, from when I was first elected, when there was strong animosity to any development, to a realization that we have to be able to construct housing that San Diegans can afford,” he said.Faulconer ‘Changed the Dialogue’ on Housing, But Results Remain Elusive | Andrew Keatts | December 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Rising health-care costsAmerica’s well-chronicled, rising health-care costs have caused a quiet sea change in the tax burden of the middle class.Politicians say the middle class gets a bad deal from the U.S. tax system. They’re (kind of) wrong. | Andrew Van Dam | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Ever since Google made the announcement in January that Chrome would phase out the technology in two years, marketers, publishers, agencies, and data owners have been scrambling to prepare for this sea change.
Despite the hard work of women like Fonda, Archer said, there had been no sea-change in attitudes within the industry.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever | Nico Hines | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This reticence—this reserve—suits Beck's voice and personality much better than the confessional self-consciousness of sea change.
Its so-called predecessor sea change got great reviews back in 2002, but it never really hooked me.
It illustrated a deep, and swelling, sea change in American fashion: things were getting wild.‘Male Plumage’ Then and Now: The Changing Face of Men’s Fashion | Clarisa Diaz, Michael Keller, Isabel Wilkinson | July 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It reflects the sea change in society that is still under way.
Does crossing the sea change or annihilate the churchmanship of the missionary, or the passenger, or the emigrant?The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
He told her how he had suffered a sea change, and now occupied the lofty position of a god.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
The old sofa had been metamorphosed—it had suffered a sea change into something new and strange, as Holly quoted afterward.For the Honor of Randall | Lester Chadwick
Everything in it suffers a sea-change; everything is set to the music of the winds and the waves.
It was content rather than the form which suffered sea change in the process of transmission from the white man to the black.
British Dictionary definitions for sea change
a seemingly magical change, as brought about by the action of the sea
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