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As you've probably noticed, the slang synonyms for " change " are listed above. Note that due to the nature of the algorithm, some results returned by your query may only be concepts, ideas or words that are related to " change " (perhaps tenuously). This is simply due to the way the search algorithm works.

You might also have noticed that many of the synonyms or related slang words are racist/sexist/offensive/downright appalling - that's mostly thanks to the lovely community over at Urban Dictionary (not affiliated with Urban Thesaurus). Urban Thesaurus crawls the web and collects millions of different slang terms, many of which come from UD and turn out to be really terrible and insensitive (this is the nature of urban slang, I suppose). Hopefully the related words and synonyms for " change " are a little tamer than average.

The Urban Thesaurus was created by indexing millions of different slang terms which are defined on sites like Urban Dictionary . These indexes are then used to find usage correlations between slang terms. The official Urban Dictionary API is used to show the hover-definitions. Note that this thesaurus is not in any way affiliated with Urban Dictionary.

Due to the way the algorithm works, the thesaurus gives you mostly related slang words, rather than exact synonyms. The higher the terms are in the list, the more likely that they're relevant to the word or phrase that you searched for. The search algorithm handles phrases and strings of words quite well, so for example if you want words that are related to lol and rofl you can type in lol rofl and it should give you a pile of related slang terms. Or you might try boyfriend or girlfriend to get words that can mean either one of these (e.g. bae ). Please also note that due to the nature of the internet (and especially UD), there will often be many terrible and offensive terms in the results.

There is still lots of work to be done to get this slang thesaurus to give consistently good results, but I think it's at the stage where it could be useful to people, which is why I released it.

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On January 24, 2017, a user by the name of d0ughb0y uploaded a definition to Urban Dictionary, the popular online lexicon that relies on crowdsourced definitions. Under Donald Trump —who, four days prior, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, prompting multiple Women's Marches a day later—he wrote: "The man who got more obese women out to walk on his first day in office than Michelle Obama did in eight years." Since being uploaded, it has received 25,716 upvotes and is considered the top definition for Donald Trump. It is followed by descriptions that include: "He doesn't like China because they actually have a great wall"; "A Cheeto… a legit Cheeto"; and "What all hispanics refer to as 'el diablo.'" In total, there are 582 definitions for Donald Trump—some hilarious, others so packed with bias you wonder if the president himself actually wrote them, yet none of them are entirely accurate.

Urban Dictionary, now in its 20th year, is a digital repository that contains more than 8 million definitions and famously houses all manner of slang and cultural expressions. Founded by Aaron Peckham in 1999—then a computer science major at Cal Poly—the site became notorious for allowing what sanctioned linguistic gatekeepers, such as the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster, would not: a plurality of voice. In interviews , Peckham has said the site began as a joke, as a way to mock Dictionary.com, but it didn't take long before it ballooned into a thriving corpus.

Today, Urban Dictionary averages around 65 million visitors a month, according to data from SimilarWeb , with almost 100 percent of its traffic originating via organic search. You can find definitions for just about anything or anyone: from popular phrases like Hot Girl Summer ("a term used to define girls being unapologetically themselves, having fun, loving yourself, and doing YOU") and In my bag ("the act of being in your own world; focused; being in the zone; on your grind") to musicians like Pete Wentz ("an emo legend. his eyeliner could literally kill a man"); even my name, Jason , has an insane 337 definitions (my favorite one, which I can attest is 1,000 percent true: "the absolute greatest person alive").

In the beginning, Peckham's project was intended as a corrective. He wanted, in part, to help map the vastness of the human lexicon, in all its slippery, subjective glory (a message on the homepage of the site reads: "Urban Dictionary Is Written By You"). Back then, the most exciting, and sometimes most culture-defining, slang was being coined constantly, in real time. What was needed was an official archive for those evolving styles of communication. "A printed dictionary, which is updated rarely," Peckham said in 2014 , "tells you what thoughts are OK to have, what words are OK to say." That sort of one-sided authority did not sit well with him. So he developed a version that ascribed to a less exclusionary tone: local and popular slang, or what linguist Gretchen McCulloch might refer to as "public, informal, unselfconscious language" now had a proper home.

In time, however, the site began to espouse the worst of the internet—Urban Dictionary became something much uglier than perhaps what Peckham set out to create. It transformed into a harbor for hate speech. By allowing anyone to post definitions (users can up or down vote their favorite ones) Peckham opened the door for the most insidious among us. Racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and sexism currently serve as the basis for some of the most popular definitions on the site. In fact, one of the site's definitions for sexism details it as "a way of life like welfare for black people. now stop bitching and get back to the kitchen." Under Lady Gaga, one top entry describes her as the embodiment of "a very bad joke played on all of us by Tim Burton." For LeBron James , it reads: "To bail out on your team when times get tough."

When I first discovered Urban Dictionary around 2004, I considered it a public good. The internet still carried an air of innocence then; the lion's share of people who roamed chat forums and posted on LiveJournal had yet to adopt the mob instincts of cancel culture ; Twitter was years away from warping our consumption habits and Facebook was only a fraction of the giant it is today. I was relatively new to what the internet could offer—its infinite landscapes dazzled my curious teenage mind—and found a strange solace in Urban Dictionary.

My understanding of it hewed to a simple logic. Here was a place where words and phrases that friends, cousins, neighbors, and people I knew used with regularity found resonance and meaning. Before Urban Dictionary, I'd never seen words like hella or jawn defined anywhere other than in conversation. That they were afforded a kind of linguistic reverence was what awed me, what drew me in. The site, it then seemed, was an oasis for all varieties of slang, text speak, and cultural idioms. (Later, as black culture became the principal vortex for which popular culture mined cool, intra-communal expressions like bae , on fleek , and turnt , were increasingly the property of the wider public.) It was a place where entry into the arena did not require language to adhere to the rules of proper grammar. As Mary B. Zeigler and Viktor Osinubi proposed in “Theorizing the Postcoloniality of African American English,” , it is the “cultural elite and their allies who help enforce acceptable codes of linguistic conduct,” which unfairly leverages social customs.

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Urban Dictionary's abandonment of that edict afforded it a rebel spirit. Early on, the beauty of the site was its deep insistence on showing how slang is socialized based on a range of factors: community, school, work. How we casually convey meaning is a direct reflection of our geography, our networks, our worldviews. At its best, Urban Dictionary crystallized that proficiency. Slang is often understood as a less serious form of literacy, as deficient or lacking. Urban Dictionary said otherwise. It let the cultivators of the most forward-looking expressions of language speak for themselves. It believed in the splendor of slang that was deemed unceremonious and paltry.

In her new book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language , McCulloch puts forward a question: "But what kind of net can you use to capture living language?" She tells the story of German dialectologist Georg Wenker, who mailed postal surveys to teachers and asked them to translate sentences. French linguist Jules Gilliéron later innovated on Wenker's method: He sent a trained worker into the field to oversee the surveys. This practice was known as dialect mapping. The hope was to identify the rich, varied characteristics of a given language: be it speech patterns, specific terminology, or the lifespan of shared vocabulary. For a time, field studies went on like this. Similar to Wikipedia and Genius, Urban Dictionary inverted that approach through crowdsourcing: the people came to it.

"In the early years of Urban Dictionary we tried to keep certain words out," Peckham once said . "But it was impossible—authors would re-upload definitions, or upload definitions with alternate spellings. Today, I don't think it's the right thing to try to remove offensive words." (Peckham didn't respond to emails seeking comment for this story.) One regular defense he lobbed at critics was that the site, and its cornucopia of definitions, was not meant to be taken at face value. Its goodness and its nastiness, instead, were a snapshot of a collective outlook. If anything, Peckham said, Urban Dictionary tapped into the pulse of our thinking.

But if the radiant array of terminology uploaded to the site was initially meant to function as a possibility of human speech, it is now mostly a repository of vile language. In its current form, Urban Dictionary is a cauldron of explanatory excess and raw prejudice. "The problem for Peckham's bottom line is that derogatory content—not the organic evolution of language in the internet era—may be the site's primary appeal," Clio Chang wrote in The New Republic in 2017, as the site was taking on its present identity.

Luckily, like language, the internet is stubbornly resistant to stasis. It is constantly reconfiguring and building anew. Today, other digital portals—Twitter, Instagram, gossip blogs like Bossip and The Shade Room , even group texts on our smartphones—function as better incubators of language than Urban Dictionary. Consider how Bossip's headline mastery functions as a direct extension of black style—which is to say the site embraces, head on, the syntax and niche vernacular of a small community of people. The endeavor is both an acknowledgement of and a lifeline to a facet of black identity.

That's not to say Urban Dictionary is vacant any good, but its utility, as a window into different communities and local subcultures, as a tool that extends sharp and luminous insight, has been obscured by darker intentions. What began as a joke is no longer funny. Even those who operate on the site understand it for what it's eroded into. The top definition for Urban Dictionary reads: "Supposed to [b]e a user-inputed dictionary for words. However, has become a mindless forum of jokes, view-points, sex, and basically anything but the real definition of a word." Where Oxford and Merriam-Webster erected walls around language, essentially controlling what words and expressions society deemed acceptable, Urban Dictionary, in its genesis, helped to democratize that process. Only the republic eventually ate itself.

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Definition of change

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

intransitive verb

Definition of change  (Entry 2 of 2)

  • modification
  • refashioning

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.

alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity.

vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition.

modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose.

Examples of change in a Sentence

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'change.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French changer , from Latin cambiare to exchange, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish camm crooked

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Phrases Containing change

  • a change for the better
  • a change of scene / scenery
  • a leopard can't change its spots
  • a change for the worse
  • change horses in midstream
  • change gear
  • change hands
  • change around

change a baby

  • change color
  • change a bed
  • change order
  • change over to
  • change one's tune
  • change one's ways
  • change one's mind
  • change of plan
  • change of pace
  • change of seasons
  • change of underwear
  • change the subject
  • change purse
  • chump change
  • chop and change
  • change (something) over to
  • change one's opinion / views
  • change one's story
  • climate change denier
  • for a change
  • make change
  • loose change
  • rate of change
  • small change
  • sex change operation
  • step change
  • subject to change
  • the change of life
  • spare change
  • winds of change
  • change a (flat) tire
  • chunk of change
  • change of heart
  • climate change denial
  • change down
  • change a flat
  • change ringing
  • a change of air
  • change of life
  • change round
  • change someone's mind
  • climate change
  • sex change surgery

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Urban Dictionary, Wordnik track evolution of language as words change, emerge

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I’m a word nerd. I like learning the etymology of words and seeing how language changes over time. So I was intrigued when comedian Harris Wittels coined the term “ humblebrag ” and when Weird Al Yankovic used the word “ kardash ” to describe a unit of time measuring 72 days. Would “humblebrag” and “kardash” become mainstream, I wondered, and would they ever show up in a traditional dictionary?

As old words take on new meanings and new words emerge, questions about the fluidity of language and the meaning of words become more complicated — and more interesting. Now, thanks to sites like Urban Dictionary and Wordnik , we can track words as they evolve and see how they carry different meanings for different people at different points in time.

“If a word is persuasive enough, and if your usage is provocative enough and feels real enough, you can make a word mean what you want it to mean,” said Erin McKean , lexicographer and founder of Wordnik.com . “At Wordnik, we’re trying to redefine what meaning means.”

McKean founded the online dictionary in 2008 because she wanted a home for words that weren’t making it into traditional dictionaries.

Words can mean what we want them to mean

Just as journalism has become more data-driven in recent years, McKean said by phone, so has lexicography. Wordnik uses algorithms to search for citations or “examples” of words, which get listed next to a word’s definitions. McKean refers to the citations as “language data” — information that helps people not only understand what a word means, but how it’s being used, who’s using it, and how long it’s been around. If the word hasn’t made its way into the traditional dictionary yet, the citations stand in place of a definition.

“By showing people language data, we give people raw materials that they can use to investigate what they’re interested in,” said McKean, who used to be principal editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary. “Lexicographers are like data journalists with the tiniest beat. We report for each word in the language.”

The citations, McKean said, add context that helps people understand words in ways that definitions can’t. She described dictionary definitions as simply the “CliffNotes version” of all the citations that lexicographers read.

McKean said the question she gets asked the most is whether language is accelerating at a faster pace than years ago. It’s hard to say for sure, she said, but the multitude of platforms for sharing information certainly makes it feel more accelerated. “How would Charlie Sheen have gotten ‘ winning ‘ out there before Twitter?” she asked. “There are so many more places for people to record their language and share it without being filtered.”

People often confuse cause and effect when it comes to new words, she said. Words don’t become important because they’re added to the dictionary. They become important because of how people are using them and then they’re added to the dictionary.

Language as form of expression that has no rules

Aaron Peckham, founder of Urban Dictionary, sees new words emerge every day. Peckham started the site in college because he was using words with his friends that weren’t getting into the dictionary fast enough. Twelve years later, the site has more than six million words and gets about 25 million visitors each month.

The standards for Urban Dictionary definitions, which users submit themselves, aren’t very high. But Peckham prefers it that way. “People write really opinionated definitions and incorrect definitions. There are also ones that have poor spelling and poor grammar,” he said in a phone interview. “I think reading those makes definitions more entertaining and sometimes more accurate and honest than a heavily researched dictionary definition.”

The words and definitions on UrbanDictionary.com are often crass, but Peckham doesn’t tinker with them because they show the fluidity of language. And they show that language is constantly evolving, sometimes minute by minute. Every 30 seconds, he said, someone submits a new word to Urban Dictionary. Some words — including “ hipster ,” which was the most looked-up word on the site in 2011 — have more than 300 definitions.

“People are always adapting the language, and it’s cool to see that reflected somewhere,” Peckham said.

Peckham sees language as a form of expression that has no rules and is open for interpretation. “When you write a news article, you follow a particular style, but I don’t think there really needs to be a consistent model when it comes to defining language,” he said. “Just because people misspell things, (whether intentionally or unintentionally), or people don’t use correct grammar, it doesn’t mean their expression isn’t valid.”

He considers traditional dictionaries to be too authoritative because they make it seem as though there’s only one right way to define a word. People, he said, should have the option of creating their own definitions that contribute to a collective understanding of words.

“The part of Urban Dictionary that I love the most and that I want to protect is its personality. People write really witty definitions, and they aren’t taking it very seriously,” he said. “I feel like that’s what distinguishes Urban Dictionary from other dictionaries and Wikipedia. It’s not trying to be the authority, and it’s not trying to be without an opinion.”

Getting a word on the site is easy: Users submit a word, a small group of volunteers approves it, and it goes up on the site. Definitions are listed by popularity, which is determined by how many users give the word a thumbs-up.

Getting a word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a bit — OK, a lot — more complicated.

Taking time to track a word’s evolution

Throughout the year, Merriam-Webster Dictionary editors look at news stories, books and menus in search of new words. They keep running lists of how words are used and how often they’re used. “Finding citations is the first step,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large. “Each word has to have a body of evidence that shows it’s increasing in use, and it has to have a clear meaning. That sometimes can take a number of years.”

New words aren’t added to MerriamWebster.com until they’re added to the print version. The site does, however, have a section called “ New Words and Slang ,” which features words that users submit. Unlike Urban Dictionary, Merriam-Webster tweaks users’ definitions so that they conform to the dictionary’s style.

Some of the words in the section are pretty creative — “Upscalator” (an escalator that goes up); freighbor (a friend who’s a neighbor) and “textitis” (pain in the thumbs from frequent texting). Other words, such as “jeggings” and “hashtag,” are so familiar and commonly used that it’s almost disappointing they’re not yet in the dictionary. “Tweet,” “helicopter parent” and “boomerang child” are a few of the 150 or so words that were added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary last year .

Once Merriam-Webster decides a word should be added, junior editors craft a rough definition, which then goes through a copy editor and the editor-in-chief (known internally as the “director of defining.”)

Sokolowski said he likes the idea of sites like Urban Dictionary and Wordnik, but believes people need well-crafted definitions to really understand words.

“Putting a lot of examples of a single word in a single place is certainly the first step toward understanding a word, but citations aren’t definitions,” Sokolowski said. “In our experience, selecting and crafting good examples and then deriving standardized definitions from them is a helpful thing.”

He pointed out that words with subtle differences in meaning (such as “effect” and “affect”) are often the most looked-up words on MerriamWebster.com. “We want to help people understand these shades of meaning,” he said, noting that the site gets more than 100 million page views each month.

News coverage often drives the most looked-up words. When Andy Rooney died, for instance, Sokolowski noticed that people started looking up the word “curmudgeon” because they were reading it in obituaries. One of the most looked-up words of 2011 was “mercurial,” which Sokolowski describes as “a word favored by journalists who are covering a prominent and controversial figure.” Journalists, he said, used it to describe Keith Olbermann , Steve Jobs , Kim Jong Il and Moammar Gadhafi ,  and searches for the definition of the word spiked as a result.

Whether they’re looking up words in the traditional dictionary, trying to make sense of new words, or making up their own on Urban Dictionary, people are interested in language — and how it’s evolving. Last week, the American Dialect Society chose “occupy” as the 2011 Word of the Year , in part because it was an older word that developed new uses and meanings.

“One of the reasons we put the heart in the Wordnik logo is because we believe people really love words,” McKean told me. “We should make exploring words and finding meaning and connecting meaning as fun an experience as possible. Some sites make you feel like you should be punished for looking up a word. We like you to feel rewarded.”

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to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history.

to transform or convert (usually followed by into ): The witch changed the prince into a toad.

to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.

to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.

to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: You'll have to change planes in Chicago.

to give or get an equivalent amount of money in lower denominations in exchange for: to change a five-dollar bill.

to give or get foreign money in exchange for: to change dollars into euros.

to remove and replace the covering or coverings of: to change a bed.

to remove a dirty diaper from (a baby) and replace it with a clean one: new parents, learning to change a baby.

to become different: Overnight the nation's mood changed.

to become altered or modified: Colors change if they are exposed to the sun.

to become transformed or converted (usually followed by into ): The toad changed back into a prince.

to pass gradually into (usually followed by to or into ): Summer changed to autumn.

to switch or to make an exchange: If you want to sit next to the window, I'll change with you.

to transfer between trains or other conveyances: We can take the local and change to an express at the next stop.

to remove one's clothes and put on different clothes: She changed into jeans.

(of the moon) to pass from one phase to another.

(of the voice) to become deeper in tone; come to have a lower register: The boy's voice began to change when he was thirteen.

the act or fact of changing; fact of being changed: They are pleased by the change in their son's behavior.

a transformation or modification; alteration: They noticed the change in his facial expression.

a variation or deviation: a change in the daily routine.

the substitution of one thing for another: We finally made the change to an oil-burning furnace.

variety or novelty: Let's try a new restaurant for a change.

the passing from one place, state, form, or phase to another: a change of seasons; social change.

Jazz . harmonic progression from one tonality to another; modulation.

the supplanting of one thing by another: We need a total change of leadership.

anything that is or may be substituted for another.

a fresh set of clothing.

money given in exchange for an equivalent of higher denomination.

a balance of money that is returned when the sum tendered in payment is larger than the sum due.

coins of low denomination.

any of the various sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.

Also 'change . British . exchange (def. 10) .

Obsolete . changefulness; caprice.

change off,

to take turns with another, as at doing a task.

to alternate between two tasks or between a task and a rest break.

Idioms about change

change front , Military . to shift a military force in another direction.

change hands . hand (def. 48) .

change one's mind , to change one's opinions or intentions.

ring the changes ,

to perform all permutations possible in ringing a set of tuned bells, as in a bell tower of a church.

to vary the manner of performing an action or of discussing a subject; repeat with variations.

Origin of change

Word story for change, other words for change, opposites for change, other words from change.

  • chang·ed·ness [ cheyn -jid-nis, cheynjd -], /ˈtʃeɪn dʒɪd nɪs, ˈtʃeɪndʒd-/, noun
  • un·changed, adjective
  • un·chang·ing, adjective
  • un·chang·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·chang·ing·ness, noun

Words Nearby change

  • Changchiakow
  • change down
  • change hands
  • change horses in midstream, don't

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How to use change in a sentence

One agency executive said that it would be surprising if advertisers return en masse in early August without commitments to address advertisers’ desired changes.

The government had estimated that the rule changes would cause about 70,000 women, and at most 126,000 women, to lose contraception coverage in one year.

His team’s mandate is to back companies tied to major long-term shifts in areas like climate change and health care.

The picture and the pace at which it was changing were dizzying.

The focus was on low-cost ergonomic changes that reduced physical stress.

Term limits could be a prescription to speed change along.

And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!

When we meet them, their lives are unfulfilled, and at no point are we convinced their condition will change .

If we want that to change , then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.

Whatever happened overtook them both within a minute or so of that altitude change request, and they were never heard from again.

In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.

The Seven-score and four on the six middle Bells, the treble leading, and the tenor lying behind every change , makes good Musick.

Never was a change more remarkable than that which had come upon Mrs. Collingwood.

When the whole hunt is hunting up, each single change is made between the whole hunt, and the next bell above it.

Almost, he saw her visibly change —here in the twilight of the little Luxor garden by his side.

British Dictionary definitions for change

/ ( tʃeɪndʒ ) /

to make or become different; alter

(tr) to replace with or exchange for another : to change one's name

(sometimes foll by to or into ) to transform or convert or be transformed or converted

to give and receive (something) in return; interchange : to change places with someone

(tr) to give or receive (money) in exchange for the equivalent sum in a smaller denomination or different currency

(tr) to remove or replace the coverings of : to change a baby

(when intr, may be foll by into or out of ) to put on other clothes

(intr) (of the moon) to pass from one phase to the following one

to operate (the gear lever of a motor vehicle) in order to alter the gear ratio : to change gear

to alight from (one bus, train, etc) and board another

change face to rotate the telescope of a surveying instrument through 180° horizontally and vertically, taking a second sighting of the same object in order to reduce error

change feet informal to put on different shoes, boots, etc

change front

military to redeploy (a force in the field) so that its main weight of weapons points in another direction

to alter one's attitude, opinion, etc

change hands to pass from one owner to another

change one's mind to alter one's decision or opinion

change one's tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech

the act or fact of changing or being changed

a variation, deviation, or modification

the substitution of one thing for another; exchange

anything that is or may be substituted for something else

variety or novelty (esp in the phrase for a change ) : I want to go to France for a change

a different or fresh set, esp of clothes

money given or received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or in a different currency

the balance of money given or received when the amount tendered is larger than the amount due

coins of a small denomination regarded collectively

(often capital) archaic a place where merchants meet to transact business; an exchange

the act of passing from one state or phase to another

the transition from one phase of the moon to the next

the order in which a peal of bells may be rung

sport short for changeover (def. 3b)

slang desirable or useful information

obsolete fickleness or caprice

change of heart a profound change of outlook, opinion, etc

get no change out of someone slang not to be successful in attempts to exploit or extract information from someone

ring the changes to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated

  • See also change down , changeover , change round , change up

Derived forms of change

  • changeless , adjective
  • changelessly , adverb
  • changelessness , noun
  • changer , noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with change

In addition to the idioms beginning with change

  • change of heart
  • change of life
  • change of pace
  • change one's mind
  • change one's stripes
  • change one's tune
  • change the subject
  • for a change
  • leopard cannot change its spots
  • piece of change
  • ring the changes

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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change verb ( DIFFERENT )

  • The company has changed radically in recent years .
  • The school has changed in many respects .
  • The landscape changed as we drove further inland .
  • Some people just don't seem to realize that the world has changed.
  • She reported that the situation had changed dramatically .


Change verb ( clothes ), change verb ( journey ), change verb ( in shop ), change verb ( money ), change verb ( bed ), change verb ( baby ), phrasal verbs, change noun ( difference ).

  • By and large , people have welcomed the changes.
  • We'll see such huge changes in our lifetime .
  • The twentieth century has brought about revolutionary changes in our lifestyles .
  • The Internet has brought about big changes in the way we work .
  • He made several changes to the first draft .


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