Definition of


  1. (noun, event) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
    this storm is certainly a change for the worse
    the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago
  2. (noun, linkdef) a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
  3. (noun, act) the action of changing something
    his change on abortion cost him the election
  4. (noun, phenomenon) the result of alteration or modification
    there had been no change in the mountains
  5. (noun, possession) the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
  6. (noun, artifact) a thing that is different
  7. (noun, artifact) a different or fresh set of clothes
  8. (noun, possession) coins of small denomination regarded collectively
  9. (noun, possession) money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
  10. (noun, attribute) a difference that is usually pleasant
    it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic
  11. (verb, change) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
  12. (verb, change) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
    The weather changed last night
  13. (verb, change) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
  14. (verb, change) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    She switched psychiatrists
    The car changed lanes
  15. (verb, change) change clothes; put on different clothes
  16. (verb, change) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    He changed his name
    convert centimeters into inches
    convert holdings into shares
  17. (verb, possession) give to, and receive from, one another
    We have been exchanging letters for a year
  18. (verb, motion) change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
  19. (verb, change) become deeper in tone
    Her voice deepened when she whispered the password
  20. (verb, change) remove or replace the coverings of
    After each guest we changed the bed linens

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Antonyms of Change


Alternate forms of Change

Derivations: change, changer

Hyponyms: about-face, accelerate, acceleration, accommodate, accustom, acerbate, acetylate, acetylise, acetylize, achromatise, achromatize, acquire, activate, adapt, add, adjust, adjustment, adopt, adorn, adulteration, aerate, affect, age, aggravate, alchemise, alchemize, alcoholise, alcoholize, alien, alienate, alkalinise, alkalinize, allegorise, allegorize, alter, alteration, alternate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amend, americanise, americanize, angulate, animalise, animalize, animate, animise, animize, antiquate, antique, archaise, archaize, arouse, arrange, arterialise, arterialize, ascend, ash, assibilate, assimilate, assume, automate, automatise, automatize, avianise, avianize, avulsion, awaken, barb, barbarise, barbarize, barter, bear on, bear upon, beautify, become flat, bedim, beef up, begrime, bemire, bestialise, bestialize, bestow, better, birth, blear, blind, blister, blot out, blunt, blur, boil, bolshevise, bolshevize, branch out, break, break down, break into, break up, breakup, brighten, bring, broaden, brutalise, brutalize, bubble, calcify, camp, capacitate, capitalise, capitalize, capture, carbonate, caseate, cash, cash in, catch, catch on, cause to sleep, cave in, centralise, centralize, change, change by reversal, change form, change integrity, change intensity, change magnitude, change of direction, change of integrity, change of magnitude, change of shape, change of state, change over, change posture, change shape, change state, change surface, change taste, channel-surf, charge, chasten, check, chill, chord, chromosomal mutation, circularize, civilise, civilize, clarify, classicise, classicize, clean, clear, climb up, clinker, clot, cloud, coagulate, coarsen, cohere, collapse, collimate, colly, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, come, come around, come in, come round, commercialise, commercialize, commix, communisation, communise, communization, communize, commutation, commute, compensate, complexify, complicate, concentrate, concretise, concretize, condense, conform, confuse, conjugate, conk out, constitutionalise, constitutionalize, contaminate, contract, contribute, conventionalise, conventionalize, conversion, convert, cook, cool, cool down, cool off, correct, corrupt, counterchange, crack, crackle, crash, creolize, crumble, crush, cry, cure, customise, customize, cut, damage, darken, dawn, de-emphasise, de-emphasize, deactivate, deaden, deaminate, deaminize, death, debase, debauch, decalcify, decarboxylate, decay, decease, decelerate, deceleration, decentralise, decentralize, decimalisation, decimalise, decimalization, decimalize, deconcentrate, decorate, decrease, decrepitate, deepen, defervesce, deflate, defog, deform, deformation, degauss, dehydrogenate, delay, demagnetise, demagnetize, demist, democratise, democratize, demonise, demonize, demoralise, demoralize, demotion, demulsify, demythologise, demythologize, denationalise, denationalize, denaturalise, denaturalize, denature, deodorise, deodorize, deodourise, deoxidise, deoxidize, depart, depersonalise, depersonalize, depolarisation, depolarise, depolarization, depolarize, deprave, depress, desalinate, desalinise, desalinize, desalt, desensitise, desensitize, destabilise, destabilization, destabilize, destress, detachment, detransitivise, detransitivize, devalue, develop, development, devilise, devilize, diabolise, diabolize, die, difference, digest, digitalise, digitalize, digitise, digitize, dilapidate, dim, dinge, diphthongise, diphthongize, dirty, disable, disaffect, disarray, discolor, discolour, disenable, disharmonize, disintegrate, dismiss, disorder, disqualify, dissimilate, dissolve, dissonate, distil, distill, disturb, diversification, diversify, divide, dizzy, domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, dope, downshift, draw, dress, drift, drop, drop-off, dry, dry out, dull, dynamise, dynamize, ease off, ease up, easing, edit, edit out, effeminise, effeminize, elaborate, elevate, embellish, embrittle, empty, emulsify, enable, end, energise, energize, entail, envenom, equal, equalise, equalize, equate, eroticize, estrange, eternalise, eternalize, eternise, eternize, etherealize, etherialise, etiolate, europeanise, europeanize, evaporate, even, even out, evolve, exacerbate, exasperate, exchange, excite, expand, experience, expiry, extend, exteriorise, exteriorize, externalise, externalize, fail, fall, fall for, fall in, fasten, fat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fecundate, felt, felt up, feminise, feminize, fertilise, fertilize, fill, fill in, fill out, fill up, filtration, find, fix, flatten, flesh out, flip, flip out, flocculate, fluctuation, flux, fly, fold, fold up, form, format, fortify, foul, founder, freeze, frenchify, freshen, freshen up, frost over, full, gear up, gel, gelatinise, gelatinize, genetic mutation, get, get dressed, give, give out, give way, glamorise, glamorize, glamourise, glamourize, glass, glass over, glaze, glaze over, glorify, go, go bad, go out, grace, gradate, gradient, grime, grow, gum, habituate, harden, harm, harmonise, harmonize, harshen, have, heat, heat up, hide, honeycomb, hue, humanise, humanize, humble, hush, hydrate, hydrogenate, hydrolyse, hydrolyze, ice over, ice up, immaterialise, immaterialize, immortalise, immortalize, impact, impairment, impart, improve, inactivate, incandesce, incapacitate, increase, incur, indispose, individualise, individualize, indurate, industrialise, industrialize, inflate, inform, inseminate, inspissate, insulate, intensify, interchange, internationalise, internationalize, intransitivise, intransitivize, introject, introvert, invalidate, invert, iodinate, ionate, ionise, ionize, islamise, islamize, isomerise, isomerize, jump, keratinise, keratinize, lace, laicise, laicize, land, launder, leap, leave, legitimate, lend, lessen, lessening, let out, let up, liberalise, liberalize, lifehack, lift, lighten, lighten up, liquefy, liquidise, liquidize, liquify, loose, loosen, loss of consciousness, louden, lower, lubricate, magnetise, magnetize, make, make clean, make full, make grow, mark, market, masculinise, masculinize, mat, mat up, match, matt-up, matte, matte up, mature, mechanise, mechanize, meliorate, mellow, mellow out, melt, merge, metamorphose, metrication, metrification, mildew, militarise, militarize, mince, mingle, minify, misdirect, mix, moderate, moderation, modernise, modernize, modification, modify, modulate, mold, morph, motility, motion, move, move up, movement, muddy, mutate, mutation, mythicise, mythicize, mythologise, mythologize, narrow, narrow down, nascence, nascency, nationalisation, nationalise, nationalization, nationalize, nativity, naturalise, naturalize, nazify, neutralise, neutralize, nick, normalise, normalize, obfuscate, objectify, obliterate, obnubilate, obscure, obsolesce, obtain, occidentalise, occidentalize, occult, officialise, officialize, opacify, opalise, opalize, opsonize, orientalise, orientalize, ornament, ossify, outmode, overcloud, overturn, oxidate, oxidise, oxidize, oxygenise, oxygenize, paganise, paganize, pall, parallel, part, pass, patent, perplex, personalise, personalize, pervert, piggyback, plasticise, plasticize, play, play out, plump, plump out, poison, polarise, polarize, policy change, politicise, politicize, port, prepare, pressurise, pressurize, prim, produce, profane, professionalise, professionalize, promote, promotion, proof, prostrate, pull up stakes, purge, purify, put, radiate, radicalize, raise, ramify, ransom, rarefy, rarify, rationalise, rationalize, ready, recede, receive, reclaim, recombine, recommend, reconstruct, rectify, redact, redeem, redo, redress, reduce, reduction, reestablish, refine, reflate, reform, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, regress, reinstate, rejuvenate, relax, relief, relocation, remodel, renormalise, renormalize, reorient, reorientation, replace, repress, restore, resume, retard, retardation, reticulate, reversal, reverse, revolution, revolutionise, revolutionize, right, ripen, rise, roll, roll up, rollover, romanticise, romanticize, round, round down, round off, round out, rouse, run, rusticate, salinate, sanctify, sanitise, sanitize, saponify, satisfaction, saturate, sauce, schematise, schematize, scintillation, scramble, secularisation, secularization, sell, sensibilise, sensibilize, sensify, sensitise, sensitize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, separate, separation, sequester, set, set aside, set up, settle, sex change, sex up, sexualise, sexualize, shade, shake, shallow, shape, sharpen, shear, shift, shimmer, shoal, shorten, simplification, simplify, slenderise, slenderize, slow down, slowing, smoothen, smut, sober, socialise, socialize, soften, soil, solarise, solarize, solemnise, solemnize, solvate, sparkling, specialise, specialize, speed, speed up, spice, spice up, spike, spiritualize, spot, sputter, stabilise, stabilize, stagnate, stain, stand in, steepen, stiffen, still, straighten, straighten out, stratify, strengthen, string, sub, subdue, sublimate, sublimation, sublime, substitute, substitution, subtilize, suburbanise, suburbanize, subvert, suffuse, superannuate, supercharge, supple, surf, surprise, suspend, swap, sweeten, swing, switch, switching, swop, symmetrise, symmetrize, synchronise, synchronize, synthesize, take, take in, take on, take up, tame, temper, tender, tenderise, tenderize, tense, terminate, territorialise, territorialize, thicken, think, tighten, tone down, touch, touch on, trade, trade in, transaminate, transfigure, transform, transformation, transition, transitivise, transitivize, translate, transmutation, transmute, transpire, transpose, transubstantiate, turn, turn back, turn on, turning, twinkle, uglify, ulcerate, unclutter, undergo, undo, undulate, unfit, uniformise, uniformize, unify, unite, unsanctify, unscramble, unsex, unsubstantialise, unsubstantialize, untie, untune, updating, urbanise, urbanize, utilize, vagary, validate, vaporise, variation, variegate, variegation, vascularise, vascularize, veil, ventilate, verbify, vesiculate, virilise, virilize, visualise, visualize, vitalise, vitalize, vitiate, vitrify, vivify, void, volatilise, volatilize, volte-face, vulcanise, vulcanize, vulgarise, vulgarize, wake, wake up, waken, warm, warm up, weaken, weaponize, westernise, westernize, wet, widen, womanize, worsen, yield

Hypernyms: action, article of clothing, cash, change, clothing, coin, consequence, difference, dress, effect, event, get dressed, go, habiliment, happening, hard cash, hard currency, issue, locomote, move, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, outcome, relation, replace, result, thing, transfer, travel, upshot, vesture, wear, wearable

Origin of the word Change

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. changier, from L.L. cambiare, from L. cambire "to exchange, barter," of Celtic origin, from PIE base *kamb- "to bend, crook." The financial sense of "balance returned when something is paid for" is first recorded 1620s. Phrase change of heart is from 1828. more

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