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 unchanged
Other aspects of their autism, including language skills, were unchanged.
I hear it again in my ears, as I did that day in October 1971, ardent and raspy, unchanged by the passage of time.Bernard-Henri Lévy: André Malraux’s Bangladesh, Before the Radicals|Bernard-Henri Lévy|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His ultimate career goal is unchanged as he nears the end of the eighth grade and prepares to begin high school.
Federal government employment was unchanged, and states cut 3,000 jobs.Today’s Unemployment Report Is an S.O.S. to the Fed|Daniel Gross|September 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Crucially, though, Obama holds a commanding 57 percent to 34 percent advantage among those who say their finances are unchanged.Genuinely Enlightening Poll Result to Share With You|Michael Tomasky|September 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
More exactly, since the real direction of the star is unchanged, the sun seems to be approaching the star.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
In the body text, variable spellings such as villany : villainy and intire : entire are unchanged.
The occupations of their father were unchanged, and his health seemed sustained, but that of her mother was not satisfactory.Endymion|Benjamin Disraeli
Meantime his son in silence took a seat, perfectly composed and with unchanged countenance.Sacred Books of the East|Various
Mrs. van Oudijck looked out once or twice and thought Labuwangi unchanged.The Hidden Force|Louis Couperus
- militaryto 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