change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another.
changed the shirt for a larger size
alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity.
slightly altered the original design
vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition.
vary your daily routine
modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose.
modified the building for use by the disabled
Examples of change in a Sentence
He changed from an optimist to a pessimist.
The town has changed little in recent years.
These events have changed me in my attitude to life.
You can't change human nature.
Their relationship seems to have changed for the better.
The leaves change color from green to red in the fall.
She changed her name when she got married.
France has changed its monetary unit from the franc to the euro. change the channel on the TVNoun
There has been little if any change in her daily routine.
You shouldn't be afraid of change. Change is a natural part of life.
The years have brought many changes to the town's economy.
We need to make some changes in the system.
Many voters believe that it's time for a change.
We've had to make a slight change in the schedule. a change for the worse
We've been so busy that a quiet day at home was a welcome change.
We eat at home a lot, so dining out sometimes is a nice change.
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Recent Examples on the Web
The discovery is changing how doctors care for new mothers.—Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Although researchers disagree on the precise effect that elephants have on carbon storage, the study makes clear an important fact: Animals, especially huge ones, have the power to change how much carbon is moving in and out of an ecosystem, and not always for the better.—Katharine Gammon, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2023 None of what happened on the debate stage will likely change the reality of the Republican primary landscape, though the arguments made from the debate stage could be a preview of what's to come in a general election from the governors respective parties.—Averi Harper, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Lakers Inside the most lopsided loss of LeBron James’ career: ‘A lot’ needs to change
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The winners of the quarterfinals advance to Las Vegas for the semifinals on Dec. 7 and the final on Dec. 9.—Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Is the nonprofit holding company structure going to change?—Alex Heath, The Verge, 30 Nov. 2023 Their engines have grown and gained turbochargers, but the naming convention hasn’t changed.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Diversify The digital marketing landscape is changing as people are longing for more privacy.—Expert Panel®, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Through this method, Schreiber and colleagues were able to discover that the rotation of the planet does vary slightly, changing by mere milliseconds.—Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023
These sturdy glasses easily handle sudden temperature changes, so switching from hot coffee to iced is no problem.—Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 However, even with these changes, Lanai still isn’t Saint-Tropez in the summer (or Maui, for that matter).—Melinda Fulmer, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 This includes staying up to date on technological changes that enhance the reliability and trustworthiness of AI outputs.—Rahul Singhal, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Their sleep appears highly sensitive to environmental changes like shorter days.—Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Now new ways of creating and consuming music and looming changes in streaming economics are challenging us to do even better for our clients.—Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2023 When hung on a utility pole, fiber optic cables can be used as a sensor to detect changes in temperature, vibrations, and very loud noises.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Nov. 2023 Hunters and anglers need to recognize national change in wildlife values.—Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 30 Nov. 2023 Neil Begley, senior VP of Moody’s, who covers Hollywood for the debt rating agencies, thinks the double whammy of the COVID shutdowns in 2020 and 2021 and the strikes will add up to long-term changes.—Joe Otterson, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Anglo-French changer, from Latin cambiare to exchange, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked