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
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
Now, some sleep researchers worry about the potential effects that continuing to change standard time twice each year may have on sleep health inequities.
Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 Hundreds of amendments were put forward to change the bill, including many on unrelated issues, such as immigration and the environment, in what sometimes looked like a filibuster.
Constant Méheut, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2022 Quick isn’t about to change his approach or standards while the torch is still in his hands.Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2022 Hong Kong doesn't plan to change the peg, said a spokesperson at the HKMA.
Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 With Singapore’s censors both conservative and active, the SGIFF selection is always open to change from without.
Patrick Frater, Variety, 24 Nov. 2022 As the Oak Cliff neighborhood begins to change, construction has come through to widen the street my grandmother lives on.Essence, 23 Nov. 2022 Either result is unlikely to change the program’s trajectory but certainly will impact the perception of Year 1 under a new regime — along with the Gators’ postseason opportunities.Orlando Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 The City of Brookfield is seeking to change the design of three train crossings after a man died when an Amtrak crashed into his car last Thursday.
Beck Andrew Salgado, Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022
Achieving concrete change is more difficult, given the power that ardent Brexiteers hold within the Conservatives.Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2022 And in order to effect change, the governor and the Arizona Legislature will have to pay attention to any recommendations that come out of such research, Rimsza said.
Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 26 Nov. 2022 Thursday marked his reformist bloc's second victory — its first being historic 2018 polls that led to UMNO's ouster and the first regime change since Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957.
Eileen Ng, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 For some, merely seeing police being careful to refer to the victims using their correct pronouns this week signaled a seismic change.
Sam Metz, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 This includes assessing older patients three times a day for delirium (an acute change in mental status that often afflicts older hospital patients), getting patients moving as soon as possible, and using non-narcotic pain relievers.
Judith Graham, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 And this week, a new report showcases the impact the management change may be having on the social media giant's finances.
Li Cohen, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 In another proof of how election-year anomalies drive voters, the measure approving the election calendar change attracted a total of 975,000 votes, more than the Bass-Caruso showdown.
James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Fourteen years later, the Soviet Union was dissolved, Yeltsin became president, and, in a change of tune, construction of a new memorial church on the site began.
Leena Kim, Town & Country, 25 Nov. 2022 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