English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'change'

(noun) 
Definition
the fact of becoming different
They are going to have to make some drastic changes.
Synonyms
alteration
Her jacket and skirt were still awaiting alteration.
,
innovation
technological innovations of the industrial age
,
transformation
the transformation of an attic room into a study
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modification
Relatively minor modifications were required.
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mutation
the film's mutation from domestic drama into courtroom thriller
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metamorphosis
his metamorphosis from a republican to a democrat
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permutation
an infinite variety of permutations
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transmutation
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difference
the vast difference in size
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revolution
a revolution in ship design and propulsion
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transition
a period of transition
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vicissitude
stiffening himself to withstand life's vicissitudes
(noun) 
Definition
variety or novelty
It makes a nice change to see you in a good mood for once.
Synonyms
variety
people who like variety in their lives and enjoy trying new things
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break (informal)
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departure
This album is a considerable departure from her previous work.
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variation
Every day without variation my grandfather ate a plate of ham.
, ,
diversion (British)
a diversion from his fantasy-themed movies
,
whole new ball game (informal)
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
a different set, esp. of clothes
He stuffed a bag with a few changes of clothing.
Synonyms
exchange
a free exchange of information
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trade
It wouldn't exactly have been a fair trade.
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conversion
the conversion of disused rail lines into cycle routes
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swap
If she ever fancies a job swap, I could be interested.
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substitution
last-minute substitutions
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interchange
the interchange of ideas from different disciplines
(noun) 
Definition
coins of a small denomination
Do you have any change for the parking meter?
Synonyms
coins
,
money
A lot of money that you pay goes back to the distributor.
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small change
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loose change
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wonga (slang)
,
kembla (Australian, slang)
(verb) 
Definition
to make or become different
They should change the law to make it illegal to own replica weapons.
Synonyms
,
reform
his plans to reform the country's economy
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transform
A cheap table can be transformed by an attractive cover.
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adjust
To attract investors the country has adjusted its tax laws.
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revise
He soon came to revise his opinion.
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modify
They agreed to modify their recruitment policy.
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remodel
, ,
restyle
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convert
By converting the loft, they were able to have two extra bedrooms.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to make or become different
We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
Synonyms
shift
The wind shifted and the helicopter lurched.
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vary
women whose moods vary according to their menstrual cycle
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transform
the speed at which your body transforms food into energy
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alter
They have never altered their programmes.
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diversify
Manufacturers are encouraged to diversify.
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fluctuate
Body temperatures can fluctuate when you are ill.
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mutate
Overnight, the gossip begins to mutate into headlines.
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metamorphose
She had been metamorphosed by the war.
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transmute
She ceased to think as anger transmuted into passion.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to give and receive (something) in return
Can we change it for another if it doesn't work properly?
Synonyms
exchange
We exchanged addresses.
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trade
They traded land for goods and money.
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replace
Replace that liquid with salt, sugar and water.
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substitute
They were substituting violence for dialogue.
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swap
Some hostages were swapped for convicted prisoners.
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interchange
She likes to interchange furniture at home with stock from the shop.

Quotations

A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation [Edmund BurkeReflections on the Revolution in France]
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? [Bible: Jeremiah]The more things change, the more they are the same [Alphonse KarrLes Guêpes]Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better [Samuel JohnsonDictionary of the English Language]The old order changeth, yielding place to new [Alfred, Lord TennysonThe Passing of Arthur]Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it [Karl MarxTheses on Feuerbach]When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change [Lucius CaryDiscourses of Infallibility]

proverbs

Don't change horses in midstream
A change is as good as a restA new broom sweeps clean

Additional synonyms

in the sense of adjust
To attract investors the country has adjusted its tax laws.
Synonyms
fix,
set,
remodel,
recast,
customize,
make conform
in the sense of conversion
Definition
a change or adaptation
the conversion of disused rail lines into cycle routes
Synonyms
transfiguration,
transmutation,
transmogrification (humorous)
in the sense of convert
Definition
to change or adapt
By converting the loft, they were able to have two extra bedrooms.
Synonyms
remodel,
customize,
restyle

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