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change

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of change

  1. 1 the act, process, or result of making different the positive change in our students' attitude toward people who are somehow different was a long and gradual process Synonyms of change alteration, difference, modification, redoing, refashioning, remaking, remodeling, revamping, review, revise, revision, reworking, variation Words Related to change amendment, correction, rectification, reform; conversion, deformation, distortion, metamorphosis, mutation, transfiguration, transformation; fluctuation, oscillation, shift; displacement, replacement, substitution; adjustment, modulation, regulation, tweak; redesign, redo Antonyms of change fixation, stabilization

  2. 2 the frequent and usually sudden passing from one condition to another there is nothing so constant as change itself Synonyms of change flux, fluctuation, inconstancy, oscillationWords Related to change metamorphosis, mutation, transformation, transmogrification, transmutation; vacillation, wavering

  3. 3 something (as pieces of stamped metal or printed paper) customarily and legally used as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment she spent quite a chunk of change on that car Synonyms of change bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, money, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels or shekelim or shekalim or sheqalim), tender, wampumWords Related to change coinage, specie; dead presidents [slang], folding money, paper money, scrip; banknote, cashier's check, check, draft, money order, note, promissory note; bill, dollar, greenback; bankroll, capital, finances, funds, roll [slang], wad, wallet; chump change, dibs [slang], dime, mite, peanuts, pittance, shoestring; big bucks, bomb [British], boodle, bundle, earth, fortune, king's ransom, megabucks, mint, packet [chiefly British], pile, pot; abundance, means, opulence, riches, treasure, wealth; resources, wherewithal; mad money, petty cash, pin money, pocket money, spending money


change

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of change

  1. 1 to make different in some way my wife has changed the look of our living room more times than we care to remember Synonyms of change alter, make over, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, vary Words Related to change deform, metamorphose, mutate; regenerate, revolutionize, transfigure, transform, transmute; commute, convert, exchange; rejigger, retool Antonyms of change fix, freeze, set, stabilize

  2. 2 to pass from one form, state, or level to another the weather in New England is constantly changing Synonyms of change fluctuate, mutate, shift, snap, vary Words Related to change metamorphose, morph, transmute; better, improve; deteriorate, worsen; turn around; seesaw, teeter, vacillate, waver Antonyms of change plateau, stabilize

  3. 3 to give up (something) and take something else in return would you mind changing your seat so my friends can sit together? Synonyms of change commute, exchange, shift, substitute, swap, switch, trade Words Related to change interchange; displace, replace, supersede; cede, hand over, surrender, yield; reciprocate

Synonym Discussion of change

change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. 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


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