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
Examples from the Web for unchanging
Contemporary Examples of unchanging
It has become an uneventful, unchanging story—one that reflects the peace process it arguably aims to protect.Congress Seeks To Strip Waiver From Law On Moving Israel Embassy
June 10, 2013
For a moment in the book we get a glimpse of the Laura Bush beneath her pleasant, unchanging smile.Laura Bush Is No Betty Ford
May 4, 2010
Some can seem as clear as a mug shot, each element identifiable and unchanging.The Sex-Abuse 'Memory' Crimes
November 21, 2009
Historical Examples of unchanging
He was very pale: but that unchanging pallor was the only sign of the malady from which he suffered.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
His influence upon the world was an unchanging one for evil.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Or that which is changing be the copy of that which is unchanging?Timaeus
Their career from this moment was one of unchanging success.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
There were things in him now that could never be a part of the unchanging old shop.Erik Dorn
- 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