HyperDic: change

English > 20 senses of the word change:
VERBchangechange, alter, modifycause to change
changechangeundergo a change
changechange, alter, varybecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
changechange, switch, shiftlay aside, abandon, or leave for another
changechangechange clothes
changechange, exchange, commute, convertexchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
possessionchange, exchange, interchangegive to, and receive from, one another
motionchange, transferchange from one vehicle or transportation line to another
changechange, deepenbecome deeper in tone
changechangeremove or replace the coverings of
NOUNeventchange, alteration, modificationan event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
relationchangea relational difference between states
actchangethe action of changing something
phenomenonchangethe result of alteration or modification
possessionchangethe balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
artifactchangea thing that is different
artifactchangea different or fresh set of clothes
possessionchangecoins of small denomination regarded collectively
possessionchangemoney received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
attributechange, varietya difference that is usually pleasant
change > pronunciation
Rhymesarrange ... strange: 13 rhymes with eynjh...
English > change: 20 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningAn 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"
Synonymsalteration, modification
NarroweraccelerationAn increase / increase / increase in rate of change
avulsionAn abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase / increase in the land of another
birth, nativity, nascency, nascenceThe event of being born
breakAn abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
conversionA change of religion
damage, harm, impairmentThe occurrence of a change for the worse
death, decease, expiryThe event of dying or departure from life
deceleration, slowing, retardationA decrease in rate of change
decrease, lessening, drop-offA change downward
deformationalteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
destabilizationAn event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft)
developmentA recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
easing, moderation, reliefA change for the better
increaseA change resulting in an increase / increase
loss of consciousnessThe occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond
mutation, genetic mutation, chromosomal mutation(genetics) any event that changes genetic structure
mutationA change or alteration in form or qualities
revolutionA drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
separation, breakup, detachmentcoming apart
sex changeA change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments)
shimmer, playA weak and tremulous light
sublimation(psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
surpriseA sudden unexpected event
transformation, transmutation, shiftA qualitative change
transitionA change from one place or state or subject / subject or stage / stage to another
transmutation(physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)
twinkle, scintillation, sparklingA rapid change in brightness
vagaryAn unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
variation, fluctuationAn instance of change
Broaderhappening, occurrence, occurrent, natural eventAn event that happens
Spanishalteración, cambio, evolución, modificación, variación
Catalanalteració, canvi, modificació, variació
Verbschangeundergo a change
changecause to change
changebecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
English > change: 20 senses > noun 2, relation
MeaningA relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event.
Example"he attributed the change to their marriage"
NarrowerdifferenceA significant change
gradientA graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension
BroaderrelationAn abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
Spanishalteración, cambio, modificación, variación
Catalanalteració, canvi, modificació, variació
Verbschangecause to change
changebecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
English > change: 20 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe action of changing something.
  • "the change of government had no impact on the economy"
  • "his change on abortion cost him the election"
Narrowerabout-face, volte-face, reversal, policy changeA major change in attitude or principle or point of view
adulterationThe act of adulterating (especially the illicit substitution / substitution of one substance for another)
alteration, modification, adjustmentThe act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
change of direction, reorientationThe act of changing the direction in which something is oriented
change of integrityThe act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
change of magnitudeThe act of changing the amount or size of something
change of shapeAn action / action that changes the shape / shape of something
change of stateThe act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics / characteristics
communization, communisationA change from private property to public property owned by the community
conversionThe act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
decimalization, decimalisationThe act of changing to a decimal system
demotionAct of lowering in rank or position
diversification, variegationThe act of introducing variety (especially in investments or in the variety of goods and services offered)
downshiftA change to a lower gear in a car or bicycle
downshiftA change from a financially rewarding but stressful career to a less well paid but more fulfilling one
entailThe act of entailing property
filtrationThe act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter
fluxIn constant change
metrification, metricationThe act of changing from imperial units of measurement to metric units
motion, movement, move, motilityA change of position that does not entail a change of location
motion, movement, moveThe act of changing location from one place to another
move, relocationThe act of changing your residence or place of business
movementThe act of changing the location of something
nationalization, nationalisationThe action of rendering national in character
promotionAct of raising in rank or position
reduction, simplificationThe act of reducing complexity
rolloverThe act of changing the institution that invests your pension plan without incurring a tax penalty
satisfactionAct of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite
secularization, secularisationThe activity of changing something (art or education or society or morality etc.) so it is no longer under the control or influence of religion
substitution, exchange, commutationThe act of putting one thing or person in the place of another
switch, switching, shiftThe act of changing one thing or position for another
turningAct of changing in practice or custom / custom
updatingThe act of changing something to bring it up to date (usually by adding something)
variationThe act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard
BroaderactionSomething done (usually as opposed to something said)
Verbschangecause to change
changebecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
English > change: 20 senses > noun 4, phenomenon
MeaningThe result of alteration or modification.
  • "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"
  • "there had been no change in the mountains"
Narrowerdepolarization, depolarisationA loss of polarity or polarization
Broaderconsequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshotA phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
Verbschangeundergo a change
changecause to change
changebecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
English > change: 20 senses > noun 5, possession
MeaningThe balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due.
Example"I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"
Broadercash, hard cash, hard currencymoney in the form of bills or coins
Spanishcambio, vuelta
English > change: 20 senses > noun 6, artifact
MeaningA thing that is different.
Example"he inspected several changes before selecting one"
BroaderthingAn entity that is not named specifically
Verbschangeundergo a change
changecause to change
changebecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
English > change: 20 senses > noun 7, artifact
MeaningA different or fresh set of clothes.
Example"she brought a change in her overnight bag"
Broaderclothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habilimentA covering designed to be worn on a person's body
Verbschangechange clothes
English > change: 20 senses > noun 8, possession
Meaningcoins of small denomination regarded collectively.
Example"he had a pocketful of change"
BroadercoinA flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
English > change: 20 senses > noun 9, possession
Meaningmoney received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency.
Example"he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"
Broadercash, hard cash, hard currencymoney in the form of bills or coins
English > change: 20 senses > noun 10, attribute
MeaningA difference that is usually pleasant.
Example "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
BroaderdifferenceThe quality of being unlike or dissimilar
Spanishcambio, mejora, variedad
Catalancanvi, millora, varietat
English > change: 20 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningCause to change; make different; cause a transformation.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
ModelThey change their earnings this year
Example "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
Synonymsalter, modify
Cause tochangeUndergo a change
NarrowerAmericanize, Americanisemake American in character
Europeanize, Europeanisedenationalize and subject (a territory) to the supervision of an agency of a European community of nations
Europeanize, Europeanisemake (continental) European in customs, character, or ideas
Frenchifymake French in appearance or character
Islamize, IslamiseCause to conform to Islamic law
accelerate, speed, speed upCause to move faster
acerbatemake sour or bitter
acetylate, acetylize, acetyliseintroduce an acetyl group into (a chemical compound)
achromatize, achromatiseRemove color from
activatemake active or more active
activatemake (substances) radioactive
activate, aerateaerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
activatemake more adsorptive
adjust, set, correctalter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
affectact physically on
affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touchHave an effect upon
agemake older
alchemize, alchemiseAlter (elements) by alchemy
alcoholize, alcoholisemake alcoholic, as by fermenting
alkalinize, alkalinisemake (a substance) alkaline
allegorize, allegorisemake into an allegory
altermake an alteration to
angulatemake or become angular
animize, animise, animateGive lifelike qualities to
antiquatemake obsolete or old-fashioned
antique, antiquateGive an antique appearance to
archaize, archaiseGive an archaic appearance of character to
arterialize, arterialisechange venous blood into arterial blood
ashconvert into ashes
assimilatemake similar
automatize, automatise, automatemake automatic or control or operate automatically
automatize, automatiseTurn into an automaton
awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouseCause to become awake or conscious
barbProvide with barbs
barbarize, barbarisemake crude or savage in behavior or speech
bestialize, bestialisemake brutal and depraved
better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateTo make better
blindmake blind by putting the eyes out
blisterCause blisters to form on
bluntmake less sharp / sharp / sharp
blur, blearmake dim or indistinct
blurTo make less distinct / distinct or clear
boilBring to, or maintain at, the boiling point
break, break upDestroy the completeness of a set of related items
break down, crushmake ineffective
brighten, lighten up, lightenmake lighter or brighter / brighter
bring, landBring into a different state
bringCause to come into a particular state or condition
brutalize, brutalise, animalize, animalisemake brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman
bubbleCause to form bubbles
calcifyconvert into lime
campGive an artificially banal or sexual quality to
capturebring about the capture / capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
cause to sleepmake fall asleep
centralize, centralise, concentratemake central
change intensityincrease / increase or decrease in intensity
change tasteAlter the flavor of
chargeCause formation of a net electrical charge in or on
chargeFill or load to capacity
chasten, temperrestrain
check, retard, delaySlow the growth or development of
circularizemake circular
civilize, civiliseRaise from a barbaric to a civilized state
clarifymake clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating
classicize, classicisemake classic or classical
clean, make cleanmake clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
clearmake clear, bright / bright, light, or translucent
clot, coagulateCause to change from a liquid / liquid to a solid or thickened state
cloudMake less clear
coarsenmake less subtle or refined
coarsenmake or become coarse or coarser
cohereCause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole
color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour inadd color to
commercialize, commercialise, marketmake commercial
communize, communise, bolshevize, bolshevisemake Communist or bring in accord / accord with Communist principles
commute, convert, exchangeExchange a penalty for a less severe one
complicate, perplexmake more complicated
complicate, refine, rarify, elaboratemake more complex, intricate, or richer
condense, concentrate, contractcompress or concentrate
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilatemake unclear, indistinct, or blurred
constitutionalize, constitutionaliseincorporate into a constitution, make constitutional
contaminatemake radioactive by adding radioactive material
conventionalize, conventionalisemake conventional or adapt to conventions
convert, change overchange from one system to another or to a new plan or policy
convertchange the nature, purpose, or function of something
convertCause to adopt a new or different faith
cookTransform by heating
cool, chill, cool downmake cool or cooler
corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirectcorrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
counterchange, transpose, interchangeCause to change places
crackCause to become cracked
cryBring into a particular state by crying
customize, customisemake according to requirements
damageinflict damage / damage upon
darkenmake dark or darker
de-emphasize, de-emphasise, destressReduce the emphasis
deaden, bluntmake less lively, intense, or vigorous
deadenmake vapid or deprive of spirit
deaminate, deaminizeRemove the amino radical (usually by hydrolysis) from an amino compound
decarboxylateRemove a carboxyl group from (a chemical compound)
decelerate, slow downReduce the speed of
decentralize, deconcentrate, decentralisemake less central
decimalize, decimalisechange from fractions to decimals
decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautifymake more attractive by adding ornament, colour / colour, etc.
decrease, lessen, minifymake smaller
decrepitateTo roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops
deflateproduce deflation in
deformmake formless
dehydrogenateRemove hydrogen from
demagnetize, demagnetise, degaussmake nonmagnetic
demist, defogFree from mist
democratize, democratiseintroduce democratic reforms
demonize, demonisemake into a demon
demulsifyCause to demulsify
demythologize, demythologiseRemove the mythical element from (writings)
denationalize, denationaliseput under private control or ownership
denaturalize, denaturalisestrip of the rights and duties of citizenship
denaturalize, denaturalisemake less natural or unnatural
denaturemake (alcohol) unfit for drinking without impairing usefulness for other purposes
denaturemodify (as a native protein) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so that all of the original properties are removed or diminished
denatureadd nonfissionable material to (fissionable material) so as to make unsuitable for use in an atomic bomb
deodorize, deodorise, deodouriseEliminate the odor from
depersonalize, depersonalise, objectifymake impersonal or present as an object
depolarize, depolariseEliminate the polarization of
desensitize, desensitisemake insensitive
desensitize, desensitiseCause not to be sensitive
destabilize, destabilisemake unstable / unstable
detransitivize, detransitivise, intransitivize, intransitiviseIntransitivize
devaluelower the value or quality of
develop, make growCause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
developmake visible by means of chemical solutions
devilize, devilise, diabolize, diaboliseTurn into a devil or make devilish
digitize, digitise, digitalize, digitaliseput into digital form, as for use in a computer
dingemake dingy / dingy
dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemiremake soiled, filthy, or dirty
disable, disenable, incapacitatemake unable to perform a certain action
discolorCause to lose or change color
disharmonize, dissonateCause to sound harsh and unpleasant
disintegrateCause to undergo fission or lose particles
disorder, disarrayBring disorder to
disqualify, unfit, indisposemake unfit or unsuitable
dissimilatemake dissimilar / dissimilar
dissolve, dismissdeclare void
dissolveCause to fade away
diversifymake (more) diverse
dizzymake dizzy or giddy
domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tameOvercome the wildness of
dopeadd impurities to (a semiconductor) in order to produce or modify its properties
drawBring or lead someone to a certain action / action or condition
dry, dry outRemove the moisture from and make dry
dullmake dull in appearance
dull, bluntmake dull or blunt
dynamize, dynamisemake (a drug) effective
dynamize, dynamisemake more dynamic
ease up, ease off, let upReduce pressure or intensity
edit, redactPrepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
edit, cut, edit outcut and assemble the components of
embrittlemake brittle / brittle
emptymake void or empty of contents
emulsifyCause to become an emulsion
enableRender capable or able for some task
end, terminateBring to an end or halt
equal, match, equalize, equalise, equatemake equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
eroticize, sex upGive erotic character to or make more interesting
estrange, alienate, disaffectArouse hostility or indifference / indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
etherealize, etherialisemake ethereal
etiolatemake pale or sickly
etiolatebleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
evaporate, vaporiseCause to change into a vapor
even, even outBecome even / even / even / even / even or more even / even / even / even / even
exciteproduce a magnetic field in
excite, energize, energiseRaise to a higher energy level
extend, expandExpand the influence of
exteriorize, exteriorise, externalize, externalise, objectifymake external or objective, or give reality to
fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten upmake fat or plump
feminize, feminise, effeminize, effeminise, womanizeTo give a (more) feminine, effeminate, or womanly quality or appearance to
fertilize, fecundate, fertilisemake fertile or productive
fill, fill up, make fullmake full, also in a metaphorical sense
fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, setmake ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
flatten, droplower the pitch of (musical notes)
flocculateCause to become a fluffy or lumpy aggregate
freezeCause to freeze / freeze
fullmake (a garment) fuller by pleating or gathering
gelatinize, gelatiniseconvert into gelatinous form or jelly
glamorize, glamourise, glamourize, glamorisemake glamorous and attractive
glorifybestow glory upon
habituate, accustommake psychologically or physically used (to something)
harmonize, harmonise, chordBring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
harshenmake harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh or harsher / harsher / harsher / harsher / harsher / harsher
heat, heat upmake hot or hotter
huetake on color or become colored
humanize, humanisemake more humane
humbleCause to be unpretentious
hydrogenatecombine or treat with or expose to hydrogen
immaterialize, immaterialise, unsubstantialize, unsubstantialiseRender immaterial or incorporeal
immortalize, immortalise, eternize, eternise, eternalize, eternalisemake famous forever
inactivate, deactivatemake inactive
incandesceCause to become incandescent or glow
increasemake bigger or more
indisposeCause to feel unwell
industrialize, industrialiseorganize (the production of something) into an industry
inflateCause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit
informGive character or essence to
inseminate, fecundate, fertilize, fertiliseintroduce semen into (a female)
insulateprotect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
intensifymake the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark
internationalize, internationalisemake international in character
introvertTurn inside
invalidate, void, vitiatetake away the legal force of or render ineffective
invertmake an inversion (in a musical composition)
iodinateCause to combine with iodine
ionateadd ions to
isomerize, isomeriseCause to change into an isomer
laicize, laiciseReduce to lay status
legitimatemake (an illegitimate child) legitimate
lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bringbestow a quality on
liberalize, liberalisemake liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules
lifehackMake one's day-to-day activities more efficient
lift, raise, elevateRaise in rank or condition
liquefy, liquify, liquidize, liquidisemake (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating
loosen, loosemake loose or looser
loosenmake less dense
loudenCause to become loud
lower, depressCause to drop or sink
lubricatemake slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant
magnetize, magnetisemake magnetic
make, getGive certain properties to something
makeCause to be enjoyable or pleasurable
makechange from one form into another
markmake or leave a mark on
masculinize, masculinise, virilize, viriliseproduce virilism in or cause to assume / assume masculine characteristics / characteristics, as through a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapy
masculinizeGive a masculine appearance or character to
mechanize, mechanisemake mechanical
mechanize, mechanisemake monotonous
militarize, militariseAdopt for military use
militarize, militariselend a military character to (a country) , as by building up a military force
mince, soften, moderatemake less severe or harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh / harsh
mix, mingle, commix, unify, amalgamateTo bring or combine together or with something else
morphCause to change shape in a computer animation
muddymake turbid
mythologize, mythologise, mythicize, mythicisemake into a myth
nationalize, nationaliseput under state control or ownership
nationalize, nationalisemake national in character or scope
naturalize, naturalisemake into a citizen
naturalize, naturalisemake more natural or lifelike
nazifyCause or force to adopt Nazism or a Nazi character
neutralize, neutralisemake chemically neutral
neutralizemake politically neutral and thus inoffensive
nickdivide or reset the tail muscles of
normalize, normalise, renormalize, renormalisemake normal or cause to conform to a norm or standard
obfuscatemake obscure or unclear
obscure, bedim, overcloudmake obscure or unclear
obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hidemake undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
occidentalize, occidentalise, westernize, westernisemake western in character
officialize, officialisemake official
opacifymake opaque
opalize, opalisemake opalescent
opsonizemake (cells) more susceptible to the action of phagocytes
orientalize, orientalisemake oriental in character
ossifyCause to become hard and bony
outmodemake unfashionable, outdated, or obsolete
oxidize, oxidise, oxidateadd oxygen to or combine with oxygen
oxygenize, oxygenisechange (a compound) by increasing the proportion of the electronegative part
paganize, paganisemake pagan in character
pallCause to become flat
parallel, collimatemake or place parallel to something
patentmake open to sight or notice
personalize, personalise, individualize, individualisemake personal or more personal
piggybackBring into alignment with
plasticize, plasticisemake plastic, as by the addition of a plasticizer
poison, envenomadd poison to
polarize, polariseCause to vibrate in a definite pattern
politicize, politiciseGive a political character to
portModify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
professionalize, professionalisemake professional or give a professional character to
proofactivate by mixing / mixing with water and sometimes sugar or milk
prostrateRender helpless or defenseless
purify, purge, sanctifymake pure or free from sin or guilt
putCause to be in a certain state
radicalizemake more radical in social or political outlook
rarefy, sublimate, subtilizemake more subtle or refined
rarefylessen the density / density or solidity of
rationalize, rationaliseRemove irrational quantities from
recombineCause genetic recombination
recommendmake attractive or acceptable
reconstructCause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically
refinemake more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of
reflate(economics) raise demand, expand the money supply, or raise prices, after a period of deflation
reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectifyBring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
refresh, freshen, refreshenmake fresh again
relax, loosenmake less severe or strict / strict / strict / strict / strict
remodel, reconstruct, redoDo over, as of (part of) a house
restore, reinstate, reestablishbring back into original existence, use, function, or position
revolutionize, revolutionise, overturnchange radically
rightput in or restore to an upright position
right, compensate, redress, correctmake reparations or amends for
ripen, matureCause to ripen or develop fully
romanticize, romanticisemake romantic in style
round off, round down, round out, roundExpress as a round number
rusticatelend a rustic character to
sanitize, sanitisemake less offensive or more acceptable by removing objectionable features
saponifyconvert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali
saturateCause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
sauceadd zest or flavor to, make more interesting
schematize, schematiseGive conventional form to
scramblemake unintelligible
sensitize, sensitise, sensify, sensibilize, sensibilisemake sensitive or aware
sensitize, sensitisemake (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating / coating it with a photographic emulsion
sensitize, sensitisemake sensitive to a drug or allergen
sentimentalize, sentimentalisemake (someone or something) sentimental or imbue with sentimental qualities
setput into a certain state
sexualize, sexualisemake sexual, endow with sex, attribute sex to
shadeVary slightly
shakeBring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking
shallow, shoalmake shallow
shape, formGive shape or form to
sharpenRaise the pitch of (musical notes)
sharpenmake sharp / sharp / sharp / sharp or sharper / sharper / sharper / sharper
shiftMove from one setting or context to another
shortenmake short or shorter
simplifymake simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent
slenderize, slenderisemake slender or appear to be slender
smutmake obscene
soberCause to become sober
socialize, socialisemake conform to socialist ideas and philosophies
softenmake soft or softer
solemnize, solemnisemake solemn and grave
solvateCause a solvation in (a substance)
spice, spice upmake more interesting or flavorful
spike, lace, fortifyadd alcohol to (beverages)
sputterCause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
stabilize, stabilisemake stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium
stainproduce or leave stains
steepenmake steeper
stiffenmake stiff or stiffer
stillmake motionless
straighten, straighten outmake straight
strengthen, beef up, fortifymake strong or stronger
stringProvide with strings
substitute, replace, interchange, exchangeput in the place of another
suburbanize, suburbanisemake suburban in character
supercharge, pressurize, pressuriseincrease the pressure on a gas or liquid / liquid
supplemake pliant and flexible
suspendCause to be held in suspension in a fluid
suspend, set asidemake inoperative or stop
sweetenmake sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable / agreeable
switch, change over, shiftmake a shift in or exchange of
symmetrize, symmetrisemake symmetric
synchronize, synchronisemake (motion picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action
tame, chasten, subduecorrect by punishment or discipline
tender, tenderize, tenderisemake tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer
tenseincrease the tension on
territorialize, territorialiseplace on a territorial basis
thicken, inspissatemake thick or thicker
thinkBring into a given condition by mental preoccupation
tighten, fastenmake tight / tight or tighter / tighter
tone down, moderate, tamemake less strong or intense
touch, disturbtamper with
transaminatechange (an amino group) by transferring it from one compound to another
transfigure, glorify, spiritualizeelevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
transform, transmute, transubstantiatechange or alter in form, appearance, or nature
transformsubject to a mathematical transformation
transformincrease or decrease (an alternating current or voltage)
transformchange (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species
transformconvert (one form of energy) to another
transitivize, transitivisemake transitive
translate, transformchange from one form or medium into another
transmuteAlter the nature of (elements)
transposechange key
turnCause to change or turn into something different
turn back, invert, reverseTurn inside out or upside down
uglifymake ugly
unclutter, clearRid of obstructions
uniformize, uniformisemake uniform / uniform / uniform / uniform
unite, unify, mergejoin or combine
unite, unifyBring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation
unsanctifyRemove the sanctification from or make unsanctified
unscramblemake intelligible
unsexRemove the qualities typical of one's sex
untie, undo, loosenCause to become loose
untuneCause to be out of tune
urbanize, urbanisemake more industrial or city-like
urbanize, urbaniseImpart urban habits, ways of life, or responsibilities upon
validatemake valid or confirm the validity of
variegatechange the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors
vascularize, vascularisemake vascular
ventilateFurnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape
verbifymake into a verb
vesiculateCause to become vesicular or full of air cells
visualize, visualisemake visible
vitalize, vitaliseGive life to
vitrifychange into glass or a glass-like substance by applying heat
vivifymake more striking or animated
volatilize, volatilisemake volatile
vulgarise, vulgarizedebase and make vulgar
warmmake warm or warmer
weakenlessen the strength of
weaponizemake into or use as a weapon or a potential weapon
wetCause to become wet
widenmake wider
worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperatemake worse
Spanishalterar, cambiar, modificar, mudar, retocar, transformar, variar
Catalanalterar, canviar, modificar, retocar, transformar, variar
Nounschangethe action of changing something
changea thing that is different
changean event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
changethe result of alteration or modification
changea relational difference between states
changera person who changes something
English > change: 20 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningUndergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
  • "She changed completely as she grew older"
  • "The weather changed last night"
Caused bychange, alter, modifyCause to change
NarrowerAmericanize, AmericaniseBecome American in character
acetylate, acetylize, acetyliseReceive substitution of an acetyl group
alkalinize, alkaliniseBecome alkaline
ascend, move up, riseMove to a better position in life or to a better job
assibilatechange into a sibilant
assimilateBecome similar in sound
assume, acquire, adopt, take on, taketake on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
barbarize, barbariseBecome crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language
boilImmerse or be immersed in a boiling liquid / liquid, often for cooking purposes
breakBe broken in
break intochange pace
brutalize, brutalise, animalize, animaliseBecome brutal or insensitive and unfeeling
calcifyBecome inflexible and unchanging
capacitateCause (spermatozoa) to undergo the physical changes necessary to fertilize an egg
carbonateTurn into a carbonate
caseateBecome cheeselike
caseateTurn into cheese
catchBe struck or affected by
catch onBecome popular
change by reversal, turn, reversechange to the contrary
change integritychange in physical make-up
change magnitudechange in size or magnitude
change postureUndergo a change in bodily posture
change shape, change form, deformassume a different shape or form
change state, turnUndergo a transformation or a change of position or action
change surfaceUndergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
clinkerTurn to clinker or form clinker under excessive heat in burning
collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founderbreak down, literally or metaphorically
comereach or enter a state, relation, condition, use, or position
come inCome into fashion
come round, come aroundchange one's position or opinion
commute, transposeExchange positions without a change in value
complexify, ramifyHave or develop complicating consequences
concretize, concretiseBecome specific
conjugateUndergo conjugation
convertchange religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief
convertchange in nature, purpose, or function
cool, cool off, cool downLose intensity
crack, check, breakBecome fractured
crackbreak into simpler molecules by means of heat
crashUndergo a sudden and severe downturn
creolizeDevelop into a creole
cureBe or become preserved
damageSuffer or be susceptible to damage
darkenBecome dark or darker
dawnBecome light
deadenBecome lifeless, less lively / lively, intense, or active
decalcifyLose calcium or calcium compounds
decarboxylateLose a carboxyl group
decay, crumble, dilapidatefall into decay or ruin
decayUndergo decay or decomposition
decrepitateUndergo decrepitation and crackle
deepen, changeBecome deeper in tone
defervesceExperience an abatement of a fever
democratize, democratiseBecome (more) democratic
deoxidize, deoxidise, reduceTo remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase / increase / increase in the number of electrons
desalinate, desalt, desalinize, desaliniseRemove salt from
destabilize, destabiliseBecome unstable / unstable
develop, acquire, evolvegain through experience
develop, growGrow emotionally or mature
die, pall, become flatLose sparkle or bouquet
digestBecome assimilated into the body
dimBecome dim or lusterless
discolor, discolour, colour, colorchange color, often in an undesired manner
discolorLose color / color or turn colorless
dissimilateBecome dissimilar / dissimilar or less similar
dissimilateBecome dissimilar / dissimilar by changing the sound qualities
distill, distilUndergo the process of distillation
dress, get dressedPut on clothes
driftBe subject to fluctuation
dropchange from one level to another
dry, dry outBecome dry or drier
dullBecome dull or lusterless in appearance
evaporate, vaporisechange into a vapor
fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break downstop operating or functioning
fallassume a disappointed or sad expression
fallBe cast down
fall forfall in love with
felt, felt up, mat up, matt-up, matte up, matte, matChange texture so as to become matted and felt-like
feminize, feminiseassume / assume (more) feminine characteristics / characteristics
flip, flip outGo mad, go crazy
flocculateform into an aggregated lumpy or fluffy mass
flychange quickly from one emotional state to another
fold, fold upBecome folded or folded up
formassume a form or shape
format, arrangeSet (printed matter) into a specific format
foulBecome soiled and dirty
freshen, refresh, refreshen, freshen upBecome or make oneself fresh again
gelBecome a gel
gelatinize, gelatiniseBecome gelatinous or change into a jelly
get used toGet or become familiar or accustomed with through experience
give way, yieldend resistance, as under pressure or force
glaze, glass, glass over, glaze overBecome glassy or take on a glass-like appearance
go outgo out of fashion
gradatePass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone / tone into another
grow, develop, produce, get, acquireCome to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
growBecome attached by or as if by the process of growth
gumBecome sticky
harden, indurateBecome hard or harder
harden, induratemake hard or harder
have, experienceUndergo
hushBecome quiet or still
hydrateBecome hydrated and combine with water
hydrolyze, hydrolyseUndergo hydrolysis
ice up, frost over, ice overBecome covered with a layer of ice
incandesceBecome incandescent or glow with heat
indurateBecome fixed or established
industrialize, industrialiseDevelop industry
introjectincorporate (attitudes or ideas) into one's personality unconsciously
ionize, ioniseBecome converted into ions
isomerize, isomerisechange into an isomer
keratinize, keratiniseBecome horny and impregnated with keratin
leave, depart, pull up stakesRemove oneself from an association with or participation in
liberalize, liberaliseBecome more liberal
lighten, lighten upBecome lighter
makeUndergo fabrication or creation
matureBecome due for repayment
mellow, melt, mellow outBecome more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
modernize, modernise, developBecome technologically advanced
modifymake less severe or harsh or extreme / extreme
mold, mildewBecome moldy
move, go, runprogress by being changed
mutateUndergo mutation
narrow, contractmake or become more narrow or restricted
normalize, normaliseBecome normal or return to its normal state
obsolesceBecome obsolete, fall into disuse
occultBecome concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished
opacifyBecome opaque
oxidise, oxidize, oxidateEnter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide
oxidize, oxidise, oxidateadd oxygen to or combine with oxygen
pall, dullBecome less interesting or attractive
passtransfer to another
plasticize, plasticiseBecome plastic, as by having a plasticizer added
play outBecome spent or exhausted
primassume / assume a prim appearance
professionalize, professionaliseBecome professional or proceed in a professional manner or in an activity for pay or as a means of livelihood
promoteBe changed for a superior / superior chess or checker piece
purifyBecome clean or pure or free of guilt and sin
recedeBecome faint or more distant
receive, get, find, obtain, incurReceive a specified treatment (abstract)
recombineUndergo genetic recombination
reflate(economics) experience reflation
regenerateUndergo regeneration
regressGo back to a statistical means
rejuvenateDevelop youthful topographical features
relax, loosenBecome less severe or strict / strict / strict / strict / strict
reorientset or arrange in a new or different determinate position
repressBlock the action of
resume, take upReturn to a previous location or condition
reticulateform a net or a network
rise, jump, climb upRise in rank or status
roll, roll upshow certain properties when being rolled
salinateadd salt to
saponifyBecome converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali
separate, divide, partcome apart
sequesterUndergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion
settleBecome clear by the sinking of particles
shadePass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
shallow, shoalBecome shallow
shearBecome deformed by forces tending to produce a shearing strain
shiftchange in quality
shiftchange phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
smoothenBecome smooth
softenBecome soft or softer
solarize, solariseBecome overexposed
spotBecome spotted
stabilize, stabiliseBecome stable or more stable
stagnateCause to stagnate
steepenBecome steeper
stiffenBecome stiff or stiffer
stratifyDevelop different social levels, classes, or castes
strengthengain strength
sublime, sublimatevaporize and then condense right back again
suburbanize, suburbanisetake on suburban character
suffuseTo become overspread as with a fluid, a colour, a gleam of light
superannuateBecome obsolete
swingAlternate dramatically between high and low values
synthesizecombine and form a synthesis
tightenBecome tight / tight / tight / tight / tight or tighter / tighter / tighter / tighter / tighter
transaminateUndergo transfer from one compound to another
transform, transmute, metamorphosechange in outward structure or looks
transpirecome to light
turn, growPass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute
turn onBecome hostile towards
ulcerateUndergo ulceration
undergoPass through
undulateincrease and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves
vascularize, vasculariseBecome vascular and have vessels that circulate fluids
vesiculateBecome vesicular or full of air cells
vitrifyUndergo vitrification
vulcanize, vulcaniseUndergo vulcanization
warm, warm upGet warm or warmer
warm upBecome more friendly or open
Oppositestay, remain, restStay the same
Spanishalterar, cambiar, sufrir un cambio, transformar, variar
Catalanalterar, canviar, transformar, variar
Nounschangea thing that is different
changean event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
changethe result of alteration or modification
English > change: 20 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningBecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
ModelThey change the countryside
Example"her mood changes in accordance with the weather"
Synonymsalter, vary
Narroweradapt, accommodatemake fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
alternate, jumpgo back and forth
avianize, avianiseTo modify microorganisms by repeated culture in the developing chick embryo
breakVary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
crackleTo become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks
diversify, branch out, broadenVary in order to spread risk or to expand
diversify, radiateSpread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate
honeycombmake full of cavities, like a honeycomb
let out, widenmake (clothes) larger / larger
modulateVary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic / characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
moveGo or proceed from one point to another
specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow downBecome more focus on an area of activity or field of study
take inmake (clothes) smaller
Spanishalterar, cambiar, mudar, transformar, variar
Catalanalterar-se, alterar, canviar, desfigurar-se, desfigurar, mudar, reformar, transformar-se, transformar, variar
Nounschangethe action of changing something
changea thing that is different
changean event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
changethe result of alteration or modification
changea relational difference between states
English > change: 20 senses > verb 4, change
Meaninglay aside, abandon, or leave for another.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example "The car changed lanes"
Synonymsswitch, shift
Narrowerbreakchange suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
breakchange directions suddenly
cutmake an abrupt change of image or sound
diphthongize, diphthongisechange from a simple vowel to a diphthong
leap, jumpPass abruptly from one state or topic / topic to another
shiftchange gears
surf, channel-surfswitch channels, on television
transitionmake or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another)
Similar tochangechange clothes
change, exchange, commute, convertExchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Spanishabandonar, cambiar, transferir
Catalanabandonar, canviar, transferir, transformar
English > change: 20 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningchange clothes; put on different clothes.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s PP
ModelThey change
Example"Change before you go to the opera"
Broaderdress, get dressedPut on clothes
Similar toswitch, shift, changelay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Nounschangea different or fresh set of clothes
English > change: 20 senses > verb 6, change
MeaningExchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
ModelThey change the money
Example "He changed his name"
Synonymsexchange, commute, convert
NarrowerbreakExchange for smaller units of money
capitalize, capitaliseconvert (a company's reserve funds) into capital
launderconvert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
rectifyconvert into direct current
utilizeconvert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)
BroaderreplaceSubstitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient / inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)
Similar toswitch, shift, changelay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Spanishcambiar, canjear, convertir, intercambiar, permutar, reemplazar, transformar, trocar
Catalanbaratar, bescanviar, canviar, convertir, intercanviar, permutar, transformar
English > change: 20 senses > verb 7, possession
MeaningGive to, and receive from, one another.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something PP
Example"Would you change places with me?"
Synonymsexchange, interchange
NarrowerbarterExchange goods without involving money
cash, cash inExchange for cash
ransom, redeemExchange or buy back for money
redeemTo turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange
sellExchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
substitute, sub, stand in, fill inBe a substitute
trade, trade inturn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
trade, swap, swop, switchExchange or give (something) in exchange for
BroadertransferCause to change ownership
Spanishcambiar, intercambiar
Catalanbescanviar, canviar, intercanviar
English > change: 20 senses > verb 8, motion
Meaningchange from one vehicle or transportation line to another.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Something is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
ModelThey change
Example"She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
Broadertravel, go, move, locomotechange location
Spanishcambiar, hacer transbordo
Catalancanviar, fer transbord
English > change: 20 senses > verb 9, change
MeaningBecome deeper in tone.
PatternSomething ----s
Example"His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"
BroaderchangeUndergo a change
Spanishalterar, cambiar, transformar, variar
Catalanalterar, aprofundir, transformar, variar
English > change: 20 senses > verb 10, change
MeaningRemove or replace the coverings of.
PatternSomebody ----s something
  • "Father had to learn how to change the baby"
  • "After each guest we changed the bed linens"
BroaderreplaceSubstitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient / inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)

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