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.
- 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
Synonyms for change
Antonyms for change
Related Words for unchangedconstant, consistent, untouched, stable, uninterrupted, unaffected, continuing, continuous, eternal, firm, fixed, permanent, perpetual, resolute, unmoved, unvarying, unmodified, unvaried
Examples from the Web for unchanged
Contemporary Examples of unchanged
Other aspects of their autism, including language skills, were unchanged.No, PETA, Cow Milk Does Not Cause Autism
May 30, 2014
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
April 28, 2014
His ultimate career goal is unchanged as he nears the end of the eighth grade and prepares to begin high school.Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim
April 20, 2014
Federal government employment was unchanged, and states cut 3,000 jobs.Today’s Unemployment Report Is an S.O.S. to the Fed
September 6, 2013
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
September 21, 2012
Historical Examples of unchanged
Only her eyes were unchanged, the laughing, fearless eyes of old.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
But his heart was unchanged; his past offences stood in record against him.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
She looked thinner than she had when I last saw her, but otherwise she was unchanged.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Three years had passed by and still the situation was unchanged.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
He drew a deep breath as he looked about and noticed how unchanged it all was.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- 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