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Synonyms for change

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. changenoun

    To become something different.

    The product is undergoing a change in order to improve it.

    modify, alter

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. changeverb

    To change is distinctively to make a thing other than it has been, in some respect at least; to exchange to put or take something else in its place; to alter is ordinarily to change partially, to make different in one or more particulars. To exchange is often to transfer ownership; as, to exchange city for country property. Change is often used in the sense of exchange; as, to change horses. To transmute is to change the qualities while the substance remains the same; as, to transmute the baser metals into gold. To transform is to change form or appearance, with or without deeper and more essential change; it is less absolute than transmute, tho sometimes used for that word, and is often used in a spiritual sense as transmute could not be; "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," Rom. xii, 2. Transfigure is, as in its Scriptural use, to change in an exalted and glorious spiritual way; "Jesus ... was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light," Matt. xvii, 1, 2. To metamorphose is to make some remarkable change, ordinarily in external qualities, but often in structure, use, or chemical constitution, as of a caterpillar into a butterfly, of the stamens of a plant into petals, or of the crystalline structure of rocks, hence called "metamorphic rocks," as when a limestone is metamorphosed into a marble. To vary is to change from time to time, often capriciously. To commute is to put something easier, lighter, milder, or in some way more favorable in place of that which is commuted; as, to commute capital punishment to imprisonment for life; to commute daily fares on a railway to a monthly payment. To convert (Latin con, with, and verto, turn) is to primarily turn about, and signifies to change in form, character, use, etc., through a wide range of relations; iron is converted into steel, joy into grief, a sinner into a saint. To turn is a popular word for change in any sense short of the meaning of exchange, being often equivalent to alter, convert, transform, transmute, etc. We modify or qualify a statement which might seem too strong; we modify it by some limitation, qualify it by some addition.

    alter, commute, convert, diversify, exchange, metamorphose, modify, qualify, shift, substitute, transfigure, transform, transmute, turn, vary, veer

    abide, bide, continue, endure, hold, keep, persist, remain, retain, stay

    To change a home toilet for a street dress; to change from a caterpillar to or into a butterfly; to change clothes with a beggar.

  2. changenoun

    A change is a passing from one state or form to another, any act or process by which a thing becomes unlike what it was before, or the unlikeness so produced; we say a change was taking place, or the change that had taken place was manifest. Mutation is a more formal word for change, often suggesting repeated or continual change; as, the mutations of fortune. Novelty is a change to what is new, or the newness of that to which a change is made; as, he was perpetually desirous of novelty. Revolution is specifically and most commonly a change of government. Variation is a partial change in form, qualities, etc., but especially in position or action; as, the variation of the magnetic needle or of the pulse. Variety is a succession of changes or an intermixture of different things, and is always thought of as agreeable. Vicissitude is sharp, sudden, or violent change, always thought of as surprising and often as disturbing or distressing; as, the vicissitudes of politics. Transition is change by passing from one place or state to another, especially in a natural, regular, or orderly way; as, the transition from spring to summer, or from youth to manhood. An innovation is a change that breaks in upon an established order or custom; as, an innovation in religion or politics. For the distinctions between the other words compare the synonyms for CHANGE, v. In the religious sense regeneration is the vital renewing of the soul by the power of the divine Spirit; conversion is the conscious and manifest change from evil to good, or from a lower to a higher spiritual state; as, in Luke xxii, 32, "when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." In popular use conversion is the most common word to express the idea of regeneration.

    alteration, conversion, diversity, innovation, mutation, novelty, regeneration, renewal, renewing, revolution, transformation, transition, transmutation, variation, variety, vicissitude

    constancy, continuance, firmness, fixedness, fixity, identity, invariability, permanence, persistence, steadiness, unchangeableness, uniformity

    We have made a change for the better; the change from winter to spring; the change of a liquid to or into a gas; a change in quality; a change by absorption or oxidation.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. changeverb

    vary, alter, modify, diversify, qualify, transmute, substitute, fluctuate, shift, veer, exchange

    conserve, retain, stabilitate, fix, clinch, stand, endure, last, hold

Princeton's WordNet3.4 / 9 votes

  1. change, alteration, modificationnoun

    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

    "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

    modification, qualifying, revision, alteration, variety, adjustment, limiting

    stay, rest, remain

  2. changenoun

    a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event

    "he attributed the change to their marriage"

    variety, modification, alteration

    rest, remain, stay

  3. changenoun

    the action of changing something

    "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"

    variety, modification, alteration

    remain, stay, rest

  4. changenoun

    the result of alteration or modification

    "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains"

    variety, modification, alteration

    rest, remain, stay

  5. changenoun

    the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due

    "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"

    variety, modification, alteration

    stay, rest, remain

  6. changenoun

    a thing that is different

    "he inspected several changes before selecting one"

    variety, modification, alteration

    rest, remain, stay

  7. changenoun

    a different or fresh set of clothes

    "she brought a change in her overnight bag"

    variety, modification, alteration

    stay, remain, rest

  8. changenoun

    coins of small denomination regarded collectively

    "he had a pocketful of change"

    variety, modification, alteration

    remain, stay, rest

  9. changenoun

    money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency

    "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"

    variety, modification, alteration

    stay, remain, rest

  10. variety, changeverb

    a difference that is usually pleasant

    "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"

    salmagundi, form, multifariousness, variety, motley, modification, mixture, miscellany, variety show, potpourri, kind, diverseness, miscellanea, alteration, smorgasbord, assortment, sort, diversity, mixed bag

    stay, remain, rest

  11. change, alter, modifyverb

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

    "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

    interchange, interpolate, alter, modify, vary, qualify, commute, shift, exchange, neuter, falsify, castrate, spay, convert, switch, transfer, deepen

    stay, remain, rest

  12. changeverb

    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

    "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"

    switch, alter, shift, modify, exchange, vary, commute, transfer, convert, interchange, deepen

    rest, remain, stay

  13. change, alter, varyverb

    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

    "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

    interchange, variegate, interpolate, alter, motley, modify, vary, commute, shift, exchange, neuter, falsify, castrate, spay, depart, convert, switch, transfer, deviate, diverge, deepen

    rest, stay, remain

  14. switch, shift, changeverb

    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

    "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

    exchange, throw, interchange, budge, careen, agitate, alter, commute, wobble, lurch, tack, alternate, reposition, vary, stir, tilt, shift, switch over, flip-flop, pitch, flip, modify, trade, swop, switch, transfer, change over, deepen, swap, convert, dislodge

    stay, remain, rest

  15. changeverb

    change clothes; put on different clothes

    "Change before you go to the opera"

    switch, alter, shift, modify, exchange, vary, commute, transfer, convert, interchange, deepen

    rest, remain, stay

  16. change, exchange, commute, convertverb

    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"

    interchange, vary, replace, permute, alter, modify, transpose, commute, shift, switch over, exchange, win over, convince, convert, switch, transfer, change over, deepen, substitute

    rest, stay, remain

  17. exchange, change, interchangeverb

    give to, and receive from, one another

    "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

    alter, interchange, replace, deepen, tack, alternate, modify, vary, commute, shift, switch over, exchange, flip, flip-flop, transpose, convert, switch, transfer, counterchange, substitute

    remain, stay, rest

  18. transfer, changeverb

    change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

    "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"

    reassign, alter, interchange, vary, channel, transplant, transport, remove, modify, transpose, commute, shift, exchange, channelize, transmit, convert, switch, channelise, transfer, deepen

    stay, rest, remain

  19. deepen, changeverb

    become deeper in tone

    "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"

    alter, vary, modify, exchange, compound, commute, switch, transfer, convert, heighten, interchange, shift, intensify, deepen

    stay, rest, remain

  20. changeverb

    remove or replace the coverings of

    "Father had to learn how to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed linens"

    switch, alter, shift, modify, exchange, vary, commute, transfer, convert, interchange, deepen

    remain, rest, stay

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. changeverb

    shift, remove for another, set aside for others

  2. changeverb

    ALTER, vary, modify, make different, make some change in

  3. changeverb

    exchange, barter, commute, give in exchange

  4. changeverb

    alter, vary, shift, veer, turn, undergo change, change about

  5. changenoun

    alteration, variation, mutation, commutation, transition, transmutation, revolution

  6. changenoun

    vicissitude, variety, novelty, innovation

  7. changenoun

    small coin, small money

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  1. Chris Murphy:

    I really do worry that there is a quiet, unintentional message of endorsement that's sent when we do nothing or when all we do is talk, i think when there is not a collective condemnation with policy change from what is supposedly the world's greatest deliberative body that there are very quiet cues that are picked up by people who are contemplating the unthinkable in their mind.

  2. Eileen Kennedy-Moore:

    They may be uncomfortable in a dynamic, but that doesn’t mean someone is mistreating them, change the thought, change the feeling.

  3. Philippe Brassac:

    There is no reason today to change our target.

  4. Euripides:

    There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.

  5. Greta Thunberg:

    Me speaking to the U.N. is not going to change the situation but if that can help to create awareness...then I think that together we can try to...make a change.

Translations for change

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  • تغيير, فكة, تبديل, يتغير, تغير, غير, يغيرArabic
  • үҙгәрешBashkir
  • змяня́ць, змяня́цца, замяні́ць, змяні́цца, пераапрана́цца, пераапрану́цца, змяні́ць, пераса́джвацца, заме́ньваць, перасадзі́ццаBelarusian
  • промя́на, измене́ние, ресто, смя́на, замя́на, изменям, променям, сменям, заменям, променям сеBulgarian
  • পরিবর্তনBengali
  • cheñch, kemm moneiz, eskemmBreton
  • canvi, modificar, canviarCatalan, Valencian
  • náhrada, záměna, drobné, změna, vyměnit, převléknout, měnit, změnit, proměnitCzech
  • newid, amnewidWelsh
  • udskiftning, skift, forandring, småpenge, ombytning, vekselpenge, ændring, omklædning, ændre, forandre, ombytte, skifte, udskifteDanish
  • Rückgeld, Änderung, Veränderung, Wechselgeld, Wandel, wandeln, ändern, verwandeln, verändern, wechseln, umkleiden, auswechseln, umsteigen, umziehenGerman
  • ψιλά, αλλαγή, ρέστα, αλλάζω, μετεπιβιβάζομαι, μεταβάλλω, αντικαθιστώ, μεταμορφώνομαιGreek
  • ŝanĝmono, ŝanĝo, ŝanĝiĝi, ŝanĝiEsperanto
  • vuelto, mutación, cambio, menudo, feria, evolución, suelto, vueltas, chatarra, morralla, devueltas, sencillo, vuelta, calderilla, modificación, mudar, cambiarse, demudar, recambiar, modificar, cambiar, reemplazarSpanish
  • truke, kanbio, aldaketa, aldatu, trukatuBasque
  • تغییرPersian
  • muutos, vaihtoraha, muuttaa, vaihtaa, muuttuaFinnish
  • changement, monnaie, modification, mutation, évolution, changer, muter, transformer, remplacer, se transformerFrench
  • feroarjeWestern Frisian
  • caochladh, atharrachadh, iomlaid, mùthadh, mùth, atharraichScottish Gaelic
  • cambio, troco, volta, cambiarGalician
  • પરિવર્તન, ફેરફારGujarati
  • השתנות, עודף, החלפה, שינוי, החליף, השתנה, שינהHebrew
  • बदलना, बदलाव, परिवर्तन, छुट्टाHindi
  • chanjeHaitian Creole
  • változás, megváltozás, csere, visszajáró, átszáll, kicserél, megváltozik, vált, változtat, megváltoztat, cserél, változikHungarian
  • մանր, փոխվելArmenian
  • cambiamento, cambiarInterlingua
  • ubah, ganti, tukarIndonesian
  • chanjo, kambio, monetoIdo
  • breytastIcelandic
  • cambio, cambiamento, modifica, resto, cambiare, sostituire, rimpiazzareItalian
  • お釣り, つり銭, 小銭, 変化, 変更, 替える, 換える, 変わる, 変える, 代える, 乗り換えるJapanese
  • ცვლა, ხურდა, გარდაქმნაGeorgian
  • ការផ្លាស់ប្តូរ, ផ្លាស់, ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរKhmer
  • ಚಿಲ್ಲರೆಮಾಡುKannada
  • 변화, 잔돈, 變化, 거스름돈, 갈아타다, 변화하다, 변하다, 갈아입다, 바뀌다, 바꾸다Korean
  • گۆڕانKurdish
  • permutatio, cambiatio, mutatio, cambiare, permuto, muto, commuto, cambireLatin
  • ÄnnerungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • verangeringLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
  • permaina, grąža, smulkūs pinigai, pasikeitimas, pokytis, pakeitimas, keistis, pakeisti, persirengti, mainytis, keistiLithuanian
  • izmaiņa, sīknauda, pārmaiņa, nomainīt, aizstāt, pārģērbties, mainīties, mainītLatvian
  • tīni, rerekētanga, whakarerekēMāori
  • ку́сур, си́тно, за́мена, се изме́нува, заменува, се ме́нуваMacedonian
  • മാറ്റം, ചില്ലറMalayalam
  • बदल, बदलनेMarathi
  • tukarMalay
  • endring, veksel, endre, skifte, gjøre om, bytte, erstatte, bytte utNorwegian
  • wisselgeld, andere kleren, aanpassing, verandering, veranderen, overstappen, aanpassen, verwisselen, zich omkleden, vervangen, zich aanpassenDutch
  • veksel, endring, skifte, endre, gjere om, gjøre om, erstatteNorwegian Nynorsk
  • cambiament, cambiarOccitan
  • drobne, zmiana, reszta, zmienić, przebrać się, przebierać się, zmieniać, zamieniać, zmieniać się, zamienić, zmienić się, przesiąść się, przesiadać sięPolish
  • اوړېدل, بدلول, بدلېدل, اړولPashto, Pushto
  • trocado, troco, troca, mudança, modificação, mudar, trocar, baldear, trocar-se, alterarPortuguese
  • schimb, schimb (de bani), schimbare, modificare, înlocui, schimba, transforma, modificaRomanian
  • ме́лочь, заме́на, измене́ние, переме́на, сда́ча, переса́дка, изменя́ться, измени́ть, меня́ться, меня́ть, переоде́ться, переса́живаться, заменя́ть, пересе́сть, измени́ться, замени́ть, изменя́ть, переодева́тьсяRussian
  • sića, promena, промена, promjena, zamena, замена, измјена, sitnina, kusur, промјена, sitniš, izmena, измена, izmjenaSerbo-Croatian
  • zamenjava, sprememba, drobiž, spremeniti, zamenjatiSlovene
  • ndryshimAlbanian
  • växelpengar, ombyte, förändring, växel, byta, ändra, byta om, förändraSwedish
  • mabaliko, mabadiliko, badilishaSwahili
  • மாற்றம்Tamil
  • చిల్లర, మార్పు, మారు, మార్చుTelugu
  • тағйирTajik
  • เงินทอน, แปลง, เปลี่ยนThai
  • sukli, pagbabago, palit, kapalit, barya, ibago, bago, ipalit, palitanTagalog
  • değişmek, bozuk, para üstü, değiştirmekTurkish
  • пересі́сти, пересіда́ти, змі́нюватися, зміни́тисяUkrainian
  • thay, thay đổi, đổiVietnamese
  • votükamVolapük
  • candjmintWalloon
  • 变化Chinese

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