Synonyms of change


1. change, alteration, modification, happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event

usage: an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

2. change, relation

usage: a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; "he attributed the change to their marriage"

3. change, action

usage: the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"

4. change, consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot

usage: the result of alteration or modification; "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains"

5. change, cash, hard cash, hard currency

usage: the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due; "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"

6. change, thing

usage: a thing that is different; "he inspected several changes before selecting one"

7. change, clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habiliment

usage: a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change in her overnight bag"

8. change, coin

usage: coins of small denomination regarded collectively; "he had a pocketful of change"

9. change, cash, hard cash, hard currency

usage: money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency; "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"

10. variety, change, difference

usage: a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"


1. change, alter, modify

usage: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

2. change

usage: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"

3. change, alter, vary

usage: become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

4. switch, shift, change

usage: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

5. change, dress, get dressed

usage: change clothes; put on different clothes; "Change before you go to the opera"

6. change, exchange, commute, convert, replace

usage: exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"

7. exchange, change, interchange, transfer

usage: give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

8. transfer, change, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"

9. deepen, change, change

usage: become deeper in tone; "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"

10. change, replace

usage: remove or replace the coverings of; "Father had to learn how to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed linens"

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Definition and meaning of change (Dictionary)