1 becoming/making sb/sth different
big, considerable, dramatic, drastic, enormous, extensive, far-reaching, fundamental, important, major, marked, massive, momentous, noticeable, profound, radical, revolutionary, sea, significant, substantial, sweeping

I need to make some drastic changes in my life.

Television has undergone a sea change in the last two years.

These reforms have brought about significant changes in the overall economy.

The report called for sweeping changes to the health system.

complete, wholesale
cosmetic, marginal, minimal, minor, slight, small, subtle
lasting, long-term, permanent
abrupt, rapid, sudden
net, overall

net change in incomes

qualitative, quantitative
beneficial, desirable, effective, exciting, nice, pleasant, positive, refreshing, welcome

The manual work made a welcome change from his previous job as a telephone operator.

unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen
climate, constitutional, cultural, demographic, economic, environmental, evolutionary, legislative, organizational, political, population, social, structural, technological, temperature

These policies are designed to combat the effects of climate change.

career, culture, gear, lifestyle, name, personality, policy, regime, rule, sex

the need for a culture change within the industry

He made a rapid gear change as he approached the bend.


I made a couple of minor changes to my opening paragraph.

It made a pleasant change not having to work.

bring about, cause, effect, force, induce, produce, trigger

How far does war bring about social change?

implement, initiate, institute, introduce

We are going to introduce a few changes to the system.


He needs to show a change in attitude if he is to succeed.


Courses offered in schools reflect changes in the job market.

document, measure, monitor

The research will measure any changes in the children's sleep patterns.

call for, demand

He called for a change of mood in Scottish politics.

detect, note, notice, observe, see

I've seen many changes since I started farming.

oppose, resist

We resist change because of fear of the unknown.


Young people are more willing to embrace change.

accommodate, adapt to

Businesses have to adapt to change.

be subject to

Train times are subject to change without notice.

come, happen, occur, take place

Major economic changes have occurred recently.

affect (sb/sth)
result in sth
for a change

I usually take the bus to school, but today I walked for a change.

change in

The last few years have seen a change in attitudes to single parents.

change of

a change of government

change from, change to

the change from the old to the new system

a change for the better, a change for the worse

I reckon we've all made a big change for the better.

a change of clothes (= an extra set of clothes to change into)

Take a change of clothes in case you get dirty.

a change of heart, a change of mind

He said he's not coming, but he might have a change of heart.

a change of scene (BrE), a change of scenery

I needed a change of scene/scenery after being in the job for so long.

a climate of change

In the current climate of change, adaptability is vital.

the pace of change, the rate of change

A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change.

a period of change

The eighties were a period of great change in publishing.

the tide of change, the winds of change

The president realized he could not hold back the tide of change, and resigned.

2 coins/notes of low value
loose, small

He emptied his pockets of loose change.

in change

I had around £25 in change.

change for

Ask the cashier if she has change for €20.

chump change (AmE, informal)

$150 million is chump change (= a small amount of money) compared with the potential losses.

3 money you get back if you pay too much
check, count

I checked my change before leaving the store.


This machine does not give change.


I told the taxi driver to keep the change.

change from, change out of

The meal left me with not much change from $200.

considerably, dramatically, drastically, fundamentally, greatly, a lot, markedly, profoundly, radically, significantly, substantially

Our way of life has changed dramatically over the last ten years.

Jane has changed a lot since she went to college.

completely, totally
slightly, subtly

Her voice changed subtly.


The town has actually changed very little in the last hundred years.

all the time, constantly, continually, forever

The language is changing all the time.

Technology has forever changed the way businesses operate.

fast, overnight, rapidly, suddenly

Attitudes to marriage are changing fast.

gradually, slowly
irrevocably, permanently

Caracas changed from a small town into a busy city.

into, to

His anger changed to sadness.

change out of all recognition

The place had changed out of all recognition.

Change is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑attitude, ↑balance, ↑circumstance, ↑composition, ↑condition, ↑density, ↑expectation, ↑expression, ↑fashion, ↑fortune, ↑habit, ↑key, ↑level, ↑luck, ↑manner, ↑menu, ↑mood, ↑opinion, ↑pattern, ↑practice, ↑rule, ↑scenery, ↑shift, ↑situation, ↑taste, ↑temperature, ↑tempo, ↑thing, ↑time, ↑tone, ↑traffic light, ↑view, ↑weather, ↑wheel, ↑wind, ↑world
Change is used with these nouns as the object: ↑allegiance, ↑angle, ↑appearance, ↑approach, ↑arrangement, ↑attitude, ↑baby, ↑balance, ↑bandage, ↑battery, ↑behaviour, ↑booking, ↑bulb, ↑career, ↑CD, ↑channel, ↑charter, ↑climate, ↑clothes, ↑colour, ↑complexion, ↑composition, ↑conception, ↑constitution, ↑course, ↑culture, ↑currency, ↑curriculum, ↑date, ↑definition, ↑destiny, ↑diaper, ↑diet, ↑direction, ↑dosage, ↑dose, ↑dressing, ↑emphasis, ↑ending, ↑environment, ↑expectation, ↑expression, ↑fact, ↑fate, ↑flight, ↑focus, ↑form, ↑format, ↑formula, ↑frequency, ↑fundamentals, ↑fuse, ↑gear, ↑grip, ↑guard, ↑habit, ↑idea, ↑identity, ↑image, ↑impression, ↑itinerary, ↑key, ↑landscape, ↑lane, ↑law, ↑level, ↑life, ↑lifestyle, ↑linen, ↑meaning, ↑medication, ↑menu, ↑method, ↑mode, ↑money, ↑name, ↑nappy, ↑nationality, ↑nature, ↑oil, ↑opinion, ↑order, ↑outcome, ↑outlook, ↑ownership, ↑partner, ↑password, ↑pattern, ↑perception, ↑perspective, ↑pitch, ↑place, ↑plan, ↑plea, ↑plug, ↑position, ↑posture, ↑practice, ↑profession, ↑regime, ↑religion, ↑residence, ↑routine, ↑rule, ↑scenery, ↑setting, ↑sex, ↑shape, ↑sheet, ↑shift, ↑situation, ↑size, ↑skyline, ↑society, ↑stance, ↑status, ↑status quo, ↑story, ↑strategy, ↑string, ↑structure, ↑style, ↑subject, ↑surname, ↑swing, ↑syllabus, ↑system, ↑tack, ↑tactic, ↑tempo, ↑thing, ↑thinking, ↑time, ↑tone, ↑topic, ↑train, ↑tyre, ↑understanding, ↑venue, ↑view, ↑viewpoint, ↑voltage, ↑wardrobe, ↑way, ↑will, ↑wording, ↑world

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