change 1 of 2

as in fluctuation
the frequent and usually sudden passing from one condition to another there is nothing so constant as change itself

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2 of 2


as in to vary
to pass from one form, state, or level to another the weather in New England is constantly changing

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as in to exchange
to give up (something) and take something else in return would you mind changing your seat so my friends can sit together?

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How is the word change different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of change are alter, modify, and vary. While all these words 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

When might alter be a better fit than change?

Although the words alter and change have much in common, alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity.

slightly altered the original design

When is it sensible to use modify instead of change?

The synonyms modify and change are sometimes interchangeable, but modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose.

modified the building for use by the disabled

Where would vary be a reasonable alternative to change?

In some situations, the words vary and change are roughly equivalent. However, vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition.

vary your daily routine

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“Change.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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