1. [ verb ] cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Synonyms: alter modify

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

Related terms: leave make put lend better increase fill bring prepare enable affect end strengthen adjust unclutter clean cool transform switch convert dry shape damage affect heat transform turn reduce set emphasize bring mix awaken tighten color invert translate obscure straighten weaken decorate complicate loosen make clarify convert right mark suspend empty centralize wet simplify break_down form develop civilize decrease make_possible neutralize estrange remodel demythologize renew boil worsen stiffen magnetize complicate insulate blind nationalize stabilize activate sensitize habituate mince confuse touch stain charge harmonize polarize thicken obscure draw lift shift cut inform iodinate suspend personalize flatten oxidize counterchange decentralize ripen communize Europeanize reconstruct saturate revolutionize naturalize ease_up purify assimilate glorify outmode commute check democratize liberalize corrupt blur capture humble humanize disqualify automatize widen dirty alter restore sophisticate contaminate fatten depersonalize brighten urbanize spice urbanise prostrate sputter shake dull cook edit end animize tame harshen sharpen warm freeze poison unscramble parallel conventionalize extend convert invert disable archaize sharpen blunt demagnetize round_off refine supercharge age unite socialize internationalize antique coarsen decrepitate antiquate bestialize Europeanize sober anglicize Americanize Frenchify soften suburbanize denaturalize denationalize denaturalize naturalize equal even destabilize acerbate etiolate cry transitivize desensitize detransitivize familiarize full diversify disorder dissimilate vascularize deaden harden discolor solvate liquefy
2. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: stay leave change_state turn receive come develop acquire have grow modify dress leave change_by_reversal commute stiffen dry collapse adapt adjust crack give_way resume move_up harden turn_on darken fail convert civilize move distill rise transform swing narrow develop separate warm_up break_into catch fly hush mellow format warm decay fall_for pass shift dull break come_round tighten pall strengthen mold catch_on glaze deoxidize urbanize sublime cool flocculate democratize go_out come_in oxidize decarboxylate obsolesce recombine recede defervesce plasticise Americanize drift play_out calcify feminise isomerise normalise distill change_integrity gradate keratinise indurate transaminate digest suffuse harden cure reflate change_orientation regress foul grow alkalinise change_shape mutate vascularise professionalise spot flip conjugate acetylate soften prim capacitate caseate stabilize crack decrepitate clinker caseate dawn salinate oxidate destabilize desalinate shallow lighten sop steepen discolor assimilate suburbanize brutalize regenerate ulcerate schematise superannuate vitrify vulcanize incandesce hydrate discolor die dissimilate dissimilate dim brighten purify assibilate smoothen transpire opacify change_magnitude vesiculate gel decalcify drop saponify concretize evaporate mature rejuvenate sequester undulate deepen crash change_surface shift decay synthesize introject promote complexify ionise deaden roll change_posture settle fall occult fall fold solarise felt reticulate gelatinize carbonate hydrolyze barbarize stagnate make ice_up liberalise stratify loosen stagnate mutate convert freshen
3. [ noun ] an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
Synonyms: alteration modification

: "the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"

Related terms: happening death development variation increase damage revolution decrease surprise transformation separation birth transition easing mutation destabilization avulsion loss_of_consciousness deformation conversion transmutation mutation vagary shimmer twinkle sex_change sublimation modify
4. [ noun ] a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event

: "he attributed the change to their marriage"

Related terms: relation gradient difference
5. [ noun ] the action of changing something

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

Related terms: action move motion motion alteration switch turning reduction promotion diversification communisation filtration change_of_state variation secularisation rollover movement adulteration flux substitution change_of_integrity conversion change_of_direction change_of_magnitude commutation decimalization change_of_shape updating satisfaction nationalisation demotion metrification about-face entail
6. [ verb ] make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
Synonyms: vary alter

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

Related terms: adapt move alternate specialize diversify crackle let_out take_in diversify avianize honeycomb honeycomb modulate break version
7. [ noun ] the result of alteration or modification

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

Related terms: consequence depolarisation
8. [ verb ] lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Synonyms: switch shift

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

Related terms: leap surf diphthongize shift cut break break
9. [ verb ] (clothing) change clothes; put on different clothes

"Change before you go to the opera"

Related terms: dress switch
10. [ verb ] exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Synonyms: convert exchange commute

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

Related terms: replace implement launder rectify utilize break capitalize switch conversion exchanger
11. [ verb ] give to, and receive from, one another
Synonyms: exchange interchange

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

Related terms: transfer sell substitute trade substitute trade cash bargain barter ransom interchange
12. [ verb ] (transportation) change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
Synonyms: transfer

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

Related terms: travel transfer
13. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: cash
14. [ noun ] (clothing) a different or fresh set of clothes

"she brought a change in her overnight bag"

Related terms: clothing
15. [ noun ] a thing that is different

"he inspected several changes before selecting one"

Related terms: thing
16. [ verb ] become deeper in tone
Synonyms: deepen

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

17. [ noun ] coins of small denomination regarded collectively

"he had a pocketful of change"

Related terms: coin
18. [ verb ] remove or replace the coverings of

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

Related terms: replace
19. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: cash
20. [ noun ] a difference that is usually pleasant
Synonyms: variety

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

Related terms: difference difference
Similar spelling:   chang