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 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|Rachel Cohen|June 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For a moment in the book we get a glimpse of the Laura Bush beneath her pleasant, unchanging smile.
Some can seem as clear as a mug shot, each element identifiable and unchanging.
Your daughter had one firm, unchanging friend—my uncle, John Morgan.Sons and Fathers|Harry Stillwell Edwards
As obedience to parents is one of the unchanging laws of Brownieland, no one could oppose.Old Farm Fairies:|Henry Christopher McCook
Lane Cullom, unchanging adherent of old, caught him by both hands.Mountain|Clement Wood
The life of the plains was his in all its varying moods, but there was an unchanging love for his kind under it all.The Watchers of the Plains|Ridgewell Cullum
Picture after picture came before me of Margaret in her changing moods and her unchanging beauty.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
- 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